Funding Opportunities

Watershed Innovations (WINS) Grants Program

Submission Deadline: November 15, 2021 

The Water Resources Center (WRC), in cooperation with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, the Water Resources Research Institutes program at the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub, requests proposals to the Watershed Innovations (WINS) program. 

The purpose of WINS is to catalyze lasting collaborations that are enhanced by WRC capabilities. The program seeks to support projects in which researchers: innovate to address important water resource concerns in Minnesota; collaborate to advance interdisciplinary inquiry; educate students and early-career researchers on team science skills; and sustain research efforts through extramural sources. 

This solicitation seeks proposals to support graduate research assistants enrolled in the Water Resources Science (WRS) program. Each award will support salary and tuition-inclusive fringe benefits for a 0.5 FTE WRS graduate research assistant for a duration of 24 months, plus up to $5,000 per year for student professional development and research-related costs. The principal investigator (PI) is expected to be the student’s academic advisor (or co-advisor) to supervise them on a research project to be described in the proposal.

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USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants Programs

Not currently accepting applications

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR), invite applications for the annual National Competitive Grants program. The program will consider projects on a broad range of topics on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply. FY22 USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants include:

PDF iconInformational slideshow (given by Jeff Peterson at U of M Water Cooler on May 20)

Stormwater Research and Technology Transfer Program

Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

The Water Resources Center (WRC) at the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council (MSRC), is pleased to invite proposals to advance urban  stormwater science, technology, and management in Minnesota. 

Request for Proposals (pdf)