Funding opportunity: 2017 USGS Water Resources National Competitive Grant announced

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has announced the request for pre-proposals for the National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Pre-proposals are requested on the topics of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability.

Further information on the specific priority research issues is in the RFP. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for a grant through each state’s Water Research Institute established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. TWRI is Texas' representative institute.

Pre-proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Pre-proposals require a 1:1 match, thus successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

Pre-proposals in PDF format must be emailed to the TWRI Director Dr. John C. Tracy at by 4 p.m. Feb. 15, 2017. Only pre-proposals filed by that time will be transmitted to the National Grants Competition Pre-Proposal Peer Review Panel. After pre-proposals from all states are reviewed, 30 pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal to the National Grants Competition.

Additional information about proposal content, format and review process is available in the RFP. Questions regarding this grant program can be directed to Tracy at or 979.842.7221.

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