New Waves November 2008

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Institute announces National Competitive Grants Program

In addition to the student program noted above, the National Institutes for Water Resources announces a request to submit proposals for the 2009 National Competitive Grants Program. Funded by Congress through the U.S. Geological Survey, any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for a grant.

Proposals are requested on the topics of water supply and availability. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply and demand, but also quality trends in raw water supplies; the role of economics and institutions in water supply and demand; institutional arrangements for tracking and reporting water supply and availability; and institutional arrangements for coping with extreme hydrologic conditions.

Proposals may request up to $250,000 in federal funds, though the government's obligation under this program depends on the availability of funds. Funds have not been appropriated yet, but if appropriated it is anticipated that less than $1 million in federal funds will be available.

Proposals must be filed on the Internet by 5 p.m. on Feb. 20, 2009 and approved for submission by the Texas Water Resources Institute by 5 p.m. on Mar. 6, 2009.

There have been changes for the application process this year. Detailed proposal, submission and registration criteria can be viewed at

For further information, contact Cecilia Wagner at

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