USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants RFP

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 2018.  Full program details and the Request for Proposals are available at the program webpage:

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. Investigators from Minnesota institutions who wish to apply must submit a pre-proposal as an email attachment (in pdf format) to Cheryel Konate  ( by 4pm CST on February 15, 2018. Pre-proposals must adhere to a four page length limit (reference pages are NOT included in the four page limit) and the formatting guidelines in the RFP.  Investigators selected from the pre-proposal round to submit a full proposal will be required to submit the complete proposal package by June 1, 2018 via