USGS Issues RFP for National Grant Program
by Catherine Ortega Klett, NM WRRI Program Manager
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, 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):
• Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure
design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement;
• Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the
quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing
climate, population shifts, and land-use changes;
• Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both
surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply
and of the economic supply of water;
• Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms
for integrated surface/groundwater management; and
• Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation
This program provides university researchers with up to $250,000 for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration. It requires a 1:1 non-federal match. The intent of the program is to encourage projects with collaboration between universities and the USGS. Funds have not been appropriated for this program, but the USGS is proceeding with the proposal solicitation process in case an appropriation is received. The RFP at https://water.usgs.gov/wrri/FY_2017_RFP_104g.pdf gives information on past year funding including award amounts and funding success rates.
New Mexico researchers must submit their preproposals to the NM WRRI by February 8, 2017 in order for the institute to submit preproposals to the National Grants Competition Preproposal Peer Review Panel by the February 15, 2017 deadline. Thirty preproposals will be invited to submit a full proposal to the National Grants Competition by June 1, 2017.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cathy Ortega Klett (email@example.com) as soon as possible.