Funding Opportunities

USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants RFP

Applications no longer accepted

USGS and NIWR invite applications for the annual National Competitive Grants (104g) program. The program will consider projects on a broad range of topics on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply. Priority areas include water treatment and infrastructure; understanding changes in water quality and quantity; improved methods for estimating water supply; water governance; and water conservation assessment.  Projects may request up to $250,000 in federal funds for projects up to a three year duration, with a 1:1 matching requirement of non-federal to federal funds. Collaboration with USGS scientists is encouraged.  Availability of funds is contingent on federal appropriations for Fiscal 2019. 

Request for Proposals .pdf
Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply, but must do so through their state water research center. Applicants from Minnesota must submit a pre-proposal as an email attachment (in pdf format) to Cheryel Konate  ( by 4pm CST on February 15, 2019.  The application window was compressed this year due to the lapse in federal appropriations and the Department of Interior's approval process. Pre-proposals must adhere to a four page length limit and the formatting guidelines in the RFP.  Applications selected from the pre-proposal round will submit the a full proposal package by May 31, 2019 via

Advancing Stormwater Science, Technology, and Management in Minnesota

2018 Request for Proposals (No longer 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 stormwater science, technology, and management in Minnesota.  The major source of support for projects funded through this Request for Proposals (RFP) is an appropriation from the Clean Water Fund, with the following legislated purpose:

“...a performance evaluation and technology transfer program for storm water best management practices to enhance data and information management of storm water best management practices; evaluate best management performance and effectiveness to support meeting total maximum daily loads; develop standards and incorporate state-of-the-art guidance using minimal impact design standards as the model; and implement a knowledge and technology transfer system across local government, industry, and regulatory sectors.” (Minnesota Minnesota Session Laws 2017.  Chapter 91, article 2, section 10 (b))

Additional funds to support projects may be provided by the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council (MSRC), an independent organization of stormwater professionals, practitioners, managers, engineers, researchers and others. 

Researchers and educators from any academic institution, government agency, non-profit organization, or private entity are eligible to apply.  Staff affiliated with organizations that have contributed funds to the MSRC may submit research proposals; contributing funds to the MSRC does not make an organization ineligible.  Projects must address stormwater management needs in Minnesota.

Proposals are due by 5pm CDT on Monday, September 10, 2018. 

More information, including research priorities and instructions for submitting a proposal, can be found in the full RFP .pdf