Established by the US Congress with passage of the Water Resources Research Act in 1964, the water resources research institute program provides support for one institute at the land grant university in each state, plus 3 territories and the District of Columbia. Congress reauthorized the Act in 1984 with amendments and, most recently, in 2001, in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona is the designated Water Resources Research Institute for the State of Arizona.
The funding agency, the US Geological Survey, has issued the following research focus areas for the WRRA program:
(1) Water Scarcity and Availability;
(2) Water-Related Hazards and Climate Variability;
(3) Water Quality;
(4) Water Policy, Planning, and Socioeconomics;
(5) Ecosystem and Drainage Basin Functions;
(6) Water Technology and Innovation;
(7) Workforce Development and Water Literacy.
The Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) provides grants for research projects under the Water Resources Research Act, Section 104(b). The program’s major goals are to foster research on water and related issues of importance to the state and region and to encourage the entry of students and young scientists into the field of water resources.
Faculty members and research personnel at any of Arizona’s three state universities may submit proposals that feature student work. The project year runs from September 1 through August 31. The typical award is $10,000.
The National Competitive Grants Program - 104(g) provides grants of up to $250,000 and up to 3 years for research on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single state. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act. In Arizona, this is the WRRC.