Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program Now Open

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 2017 104(g) National Competitive Grants program.

Here’s the scoop…

Proposal URL (<——CLICK ME!)

Due Date: Preproposals are due February 15, 2017 **PREPROPOSAL PROCESS IS NEW THIS YEAR**

Submit to: State Water Institute or Center (psst…that’s us – email to hbates@iastate.edu)

Award maximum and duration: 1-3 years, $250,000 maximum. 1:1 match. NO INDIRECT COSTS.

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; USGS partnerships receive extra weight in evaluation.

2017 Priorities:

  • 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 and/or 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:

This competition has moved to a preproposal process for 2017. You send us your preproposal by February 15 at 4 p.m., and we send it on to the review committee. This deadline is a real thing. If the receipt on the email is past this time, we cannot forward your preproposal.

The previous application system (NIWR.net) will NOT be used in either the preproposal or full proposal submission process.

Indirect costs (IDC) are not allowed in the federal portion of the budget, but you can (and should) claim the IDCs you would have gotten if they were allowed as matching funds (see Section VIII.E. of the proposal; let us know if you have questions).

If you are a researcher at Iowa State University, a goldsheet is not required to submit a preproposal. 

We would be delighted to discuss potential projects as you write your preproposal.


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