USGS funding opportunity: Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) research


The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on per-and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) substances on water resources. The national competition recognizes water quality issues of a regional or interstate nature, beyond those of concern only to a single state.

The challenges and opportunities of understanding the impact of PFAS on water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing impact of this group of man-made substances on water quality. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale or national scale. 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):

  • Research on the fate, persistence, transport, and impacts of per-and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) substances on changes to water quality and/or ecosystem dynamics, in water resources, including surface water and groundwater.
  • Social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and management of PFAS in surface and/or groundwater.

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. All Wisconsin applications must be submitted through Wisconsin WRI’s proposal submission system.

Deadline for Principal Investigators from Wisconsin:

The due date for PIs to submit applications to the Wisconsin Water Resources Institute is 5 p.m. CST on June 15, 2021.

Deadline for Water Resources Institutes:

Applications, including the full proposal, must be submitted to by the Wisconsin Water Resources Institute prior to 5:00 PM Eastern Time, June 24, 2021.

For more, see FY_2021_104g_PFAS_RFP_G21AS00521