Conservation Matters January 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

RFP: National Competitive Grant Program

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has announced the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2015 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 4 p.m. CST on Feb. 19. TWRI will then approve the proposals for submission to the program by March 12.

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 ground and surface waters; and
  • evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

Proposals are sought on not only the physical dimensions of water supply, but also the roles 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.

More information is available at The RFP is also available at and includes additional information about proposal content, format, review process and registration with the NIWR system.

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