Conservation Matters January 2014

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

RFP: National Competitive Grant Program

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) announces the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY 2014 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR).

Proposals must be filed online at by 3 p.m. CST on Feb. 20. The proposals will then be approved for submission to the National Competitive Grants Program by TWRI by March 6.

Proposals are requested on the topics of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement; evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs; development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water; alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated management of groundwater and surface waters; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and in coping with extreme hydrologic conditions. Further information on these priority research issues is in the RFP.

Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration (discrete 12-month budget periods required) and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Proposals require a 1:1 match, thus successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from nonfederal sources. Federal funds may not be used to pay for indirect costs, but matching funds can be used for indirect costs. To fulfill part of the matching requirement, the applicant's negotiated indirect cost rate may be applied to both federal and non-federal direct costs. The indirect cost rate may not be applied to tuition and equipment costs.

More information is available at, and a copy of the RFP is also available at Additional information about proposal content, format, review process and registration with the NIWR system is available in the RFP.

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