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Water Resources Competitive Grants Program

The Institute for Water Resources (IWR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) requests proposals for grants to support applied investigations in select topic areas.

Proposals will be for projects that conclude by submission of a final draft paper to the Institute for Water Resources not later than September 23, 2017. Grant proposals may request up to $200,000 in federal funds, but proposals for lesser amounts are encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted to the Institute for Water Resources by Monday, July 13, 2015 (Email submissions to

The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

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Previous Awards

2010 – Twenty-two proposals received, one awarded

2010 Award – “Identifying and Evaluating Best Practices for the Adaptive Management of Water Resources”, University of Minnesota, Oklahoma State University, Clemson University, and University of Arkansas, ($199,394)

2011 – Seventeen proposals received, one awarded

2011 Award – “The Effectiveness of a Computer-assisted Decision Support System using Realistic Interactive Visualization as a Learning Tool in Flood Risk Management”, University of Maryland ($200,000)

2012 – Twelve proposals received, one awarded

2012 Award – “Development of a National Database of Depreciated Structure Replacement Values for Inclusion with SimSuite/HAZUS and Flood Mitigation Reconnaissance Studies”, University of Nebraska at Omaha ($100,000)

2013 – Twelve proposals received, one awarded

2013 Award – “RiverSmart Communities and Federal Collaborators: Attuning federal agencies and programs with state, regional and local efforts to support ecologically restorative flood prevention and remediation in New England”, University of Massachusetts at Amherst ($198,597)

2014 – Ten proposals received, one awarded

2014 Award – “Prototype Multi-Jurisdictional Decision Making Web Platform for Integrated Water Resources Management: From Interagency Collaboration to Implementation in the Iowa-Cedar Watershed”, University of Iowa ($180,865)

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