New Waves January 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Institute announces National Competitive Grants Program

Scientists at Texas universities researching topics on water resources are invited to submit proposals for the 2009 National Competitive Grants Program through Texas A&M AgriLife's Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI). The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, of which TWRI is Texas' representative, requests the proposals as part of the Water Resources Research Act.

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 be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds," said Cecilia Wagner, a TWRI project manager. "Proposals require a 1:1 match, thus successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources."

"Funds for the FY09 program have not been appropriated yet," Wagner said, "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 TWRI by 5 p.m. on Mar. 6, 2009.

Detailed proposal, submission, and registration criteria. For further information, contact Wagner at

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