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The Water Resources Research Institutes National Competitive Grants program (104G) is now accepting proposals

05.14.21 – Ames, IA – The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals for research projects to improve and enhance the nation’s water supply and availability and promote the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. For the 2021 National Competitive Grants Program, proposals must address one of three priority areas:

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the development of water use models that require understanding of what drives the timing and location of water being withdrawn and used and how those relations change when climate impacts the use or conservation/management strategies (culture/societal/economics) are implemented.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

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 ( 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. Investigators much match one non-federal dollar to each federal dollar requested.

The deadline for submissions to the Iowa Water Center is June 15, 2021 by 5PM Central Time The submission process differs from previous years, requesting full proposal submissions to the Iowa Water Center. Investigators are encouraged to read through the 104(g) Iowa Submission Guidelines prior to reviewing the 104(G) FY2021 announcement.


104(g) Iowa Submission Guidelines

104(G) FY2021 announcement

Instructions for the 104g Budget Spreadsheet

Budget Sheet

Budget Justification

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