WRRI National Competitive Grants Program 104(g)

FY20 Request for Proposals

Preproposal Deadline: March 19, 2020

The Request for Proposals for the WRRI FY2020 National Competitive Grants (104g) has been released.

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topics expanding and enhancing the use of hydrologic monitoring data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools, exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources, development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows, and exploration and advancement of our understanding
of harmful algae blooms (HABs). 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 (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/index.php). Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. Applications (including complete proposals) to the National Competitive Grants Program Announcement FY2020 must be submitted to the grants.gov internet site not later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time, March 19, 2020 by the university at which the Institute or Center is located. Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2020. The Government’s obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Please be aware that full proposals will only be accepted for the following four high priority research areas. Proposals will not be accepted for hydrologic research that does not address these areas.

  • Expand and enhance the use of hydrologic monitoring data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools to provide state-of-the-art flood and drought forecasts, drive emergency- and water-management decision support systems.
  • Research to help society deal with water scarcity or water availability challenges such as drought, snow pack, and/or changes in runoff regimes.
  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows.
  • 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.

The due date for full proposals in grants.gov is March 19, 2020. However, proposals for this program must be submitted through the Maine WRRI. Please contact hallsworth@maine.edu as soon as possible if you plan to submit a proposal so we can establish a timeline that follows UMaine’s ORA review and submission process.

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Please see the USGS WRRA web site for additional information.