Funding Opportunities

USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants Programs

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)

Deadlines:
Notice of Intent: June 2, 2021
Budgets, budget justfications, and full subawards due: June 15, 2021
Final proposals due to WRC: June 17, 2021

Eligibility: Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in Minnesota is eligible to apply, but must submit to the Water Resources Center (WRC) at the University of Minnesota.

Federal collaboration: Proposals involving substantial collaboration between federal and University scientists are encouraged. Federal collaborators can be employees of any federal agency including military branches. Contact Jeff Peterson (jmpeter@umn.edu) for assistance in identifying potential USGS collaborators.

Requirements: All applications from Minnesota must be submitted through the Water Resources Center. 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. A Notice of Intent is required.

Notice of Intent: Notice of Intent (NOI) to submit a grant is required. For consideration of a WRS Graduate Research Assistantship Supplement, NOIs with supplement requests should be submitted by June 2, 2021.

Research Assistantship Supplement: The WRC is offering supplemental (nonfederal) funding for research assistance for Minnesota investigators who are faculty in the Water Resources Science graduate program at the University of Minnesota. These supplements will count toward the 1:1 match requirement of the USGS programs. Note the proposal will need to be selected for USGS funding to receive the assistantship.

Budget Justification Template (.docx)
Budget Template (.xlxs) 
Notice of Intent (.pdf)
WRS Graduate Research Assistantship Supplement Information (.pdf)

USGS/NIWR National Annual Competitive Grants (104g)

Request for Proposals

Proposals are sought on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems, 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):

  • Socioeconomics and water use – includes the development of water use models that require understanding of what drives the timing and location of water being withdrawn and used and how those relations change when climate impacts the use or conservation/management strategies (culture/societal/economics) are implemented.

  •  Water related hazards and public health - exploration of the intersections of land/water use, disease vector mechanisms, and water hazards, climate change, and/or irrigation practices. Research may include advancing our understanding of these connections as they affect the development rates of pathogens impacting public health.

  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Proposals are sought that focus on innovations in monitoring the occurrence of HABs and algal toxins, research on factors that result in algal toxin production, and improvements in near-real time modeling and forecasting of toxin-producing blooms.

USGS/NIWR Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Competitive Grants

Request for Proposals

The challenges and opportunities of understanding the connection of aquatic invasive species and water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing impact of numerous aquatic invasive species on water quality and quantity. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale.

Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):

  • Improve our understanding of the impacts of aquatic invasive species on lakes and rivers in the Upper Mississippi River basin, including changes to water quantity, quality and ecosystem dynamics.

  • Identify lake and river characteristics that infer resistance and resilience to establishment and impacts of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale.

  • Social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and management of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin.

USGS/NIWR Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) Competitive Grants

Request for Proposals

The challenges and opportunities of understanding the impact of per-and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) substances on water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing impact of this group of man-made substances on water quality. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale or national scale. Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):

  •  Research on the fate, persistence, transport, and impacts of per-and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) substances on changes to water quality and/or ecosystem dynamics, in water resources, including surface water and groundwater.

  • Social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and management of PFAS in surface and/or groundwater.

Watershed Innovations (WINS) Grants Program

Deadline: Not currently accepting applications

The Water Resources Center (WRC), in cooperation with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the Water Resources Research Institutes program at the U.S. Geological Survey, is pleased to invite proposals to the Watershed Innovations Program (WINS).  WINS replaces and significantly expands the scope of the WRC’s former Annual Grants Competition. 

Request for Proposals


Stormwater Research Request for Proposals

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)