Proposals are requested on the topics of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, including (but not limited to) evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement; exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources; development of methods for better estimation of water supply; development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices. Further information on these priority research issues is in the RFP.
Any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for a grant through the Water Research Institute (WRI) established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. The Texas Water Resources Institute is Texas' representative WRI.
Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focuses on: "water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities." Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Additionally, proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) or proposals from faculty beginning their careers are also encouraged.
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 non-federal 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.
Proposals must be filed online at niwr.net by 4:00 p.m. (CST), February 25, 2016. The proposals must then be approved for submission to the National Competitive Grants Program by the Texas Water Resources Institute by no later than 4:00 p.m., March 17, 2016.
Following proposal online submission, the SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) and SF-424B (Assurances) must be completed and filed electronically at grants.gov—this will be done by the Texas Water Resources Institute (not the PI). Also, matching funds commitment letters may be scanned and uploaded to the NIWR site rather than faxed. The individual PI may upload the letter by February 25, 2016, or send the letter to the Texas Water Resources Institute to upload.
Questions regarding this grant program can be directed to Danielle Kalisek at the Texas Water Resources Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 845-2781.