USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program Request for Proposals (RFP), FY 2017; Pre-proposals Due to Respective State Water Center or Institute by Feb. 15, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), requests proposals for matching grants from the National Competitive Grants Program, under section 104-G of the federal Water Resources Research Act of 1984.  The grants are intended to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):
–Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement;
–Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes;
–Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water;
–Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and
–Evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

This program provides university researchers with up to $250,000 for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration.  Any investigator at an accredited 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 of 1984, as amended (  Grants require a 1:1 non-federal match.  The intent of the program is to encourage projects with collaboration between universities and the USGS.  As of December 2016, funds had not yet been appropriated for this program for Fiscal Year 2017.

The Request for Proposals (RFP), online at, gives information on the electronic application-filing process and on previous funding, including award amounts and funding success rates.  The 104G application process requires a pre-proposal to the principal investigator(s)’ respective water center or institute by February 15, 2017, 5:00 PM.  Please see to find your respective state water center or institute.  After the pre-proposals are evaluated, a certain number of investigators will be invited to submit full proposals, which are due by June 1, 2017.

If you are a water-resources researcher at an accredited institution of higher education in Virginia and you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact the Virginia Water Resources Research Center Associate Director Kevin McGuire (540-231-6017;  Pre-proposal and budget must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, February 15, 2017, via e-mail to

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