The 104(g) National Competitive Grants program is one of three grant programs administered annually by the Iowa Water Center in coordination with the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR).
Funding alert – the National Institutes for Water Resources in conjunction with the US Geological Survey has issued their call for proposals for the 2016 104(g) National Competitive Grants program.
Here’s the scoop…
Proposal URL (<——CLICK ME!)
Due Date: February 25, 2016 at 4 PM CST
Submit to: niwr.net (hint: you have to create a log-in to get submit, so you may want to get in the system to play around sooner rather than later)
Award maximum and duration: 1-3 years, $250,000 maximum. 1:1 match
Scope: Proposals must focus on “water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature”. Collaboration between organizations and agencies (particularly USGS) are highly encouraged and USGS partnerships receive extra weight in evaluation.
- 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; including associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure costs.
- 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/ground water management.
- Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.
Other interesting information:
Iowa has seen some success in getting proposals in this competition funded in the past few years, most recently a project in 2014 from University of Iowa PI Dr. Gabriele Villarini.
The Iowa Water Center reviews all proposals after they have been submitted and must approve them in order for them to be considered by the selection committee. While your application SHOULD be complete at the February deadline, if there are any changes needed, IWC staff will be in touch before final approval.
ISU PIs: You do NOT need a Gold Sheet to submit your proposal to niwr.net. IWC will initiate Gold Sheet routing upon review for the March submittal.
Have any questions? Just send a message to Melissa Miller and we’ll get it taken care of!