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The Water Resources Research Institutes National Competitive Grants program for Aquatic Invasive Species 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 address aquatic invasive species. For the 2021 National Competitive Grants Program, proposals must address one of three priority areas:

  • 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.

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 AIS 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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