Aquatic Invasive Species Competitive Grants Program

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the real and growing impact of numerous aquatic invasive species on water quality and quantity in the Upper Mississippi Basin. Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):

  • Improve our understanding of the impacts of aquatic invasive species on lakes and rivers in the Upper Mississippi River basin, including changes to water quantity, quality and ecosystem dynamics.
  • Identify lake and river characteristics that infer resistance and resilience to establishment and impacts of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale.
  • Social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and management of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin.

Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended ( Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. The Government’s obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.


Wisconsin applicants:

Please contact Melissa Boyce ( at the Wisconsin Water Resources Institute as soon as possible for submission instructions. 


Deadline for Wisconsin PIs:

The due date for PIs to submit applications to the Wisconsin Water Resources Institute is 4 p.m. CST on May 29, 2020.


Deadline for Water Resources Institutes:

Applications including the full proposal must be submitted to by the State Water Resources Research Institute or Center prior to the 5:00 PM Eastern Time, June 11, 2020 closing date.


More information: USGS Fiscal Year 2020 RFP