USGS funding opportunity: Water resources research


The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants. The national competition recognizes water quality issues of a regional or interstate nature, beyond those of concern only to a single state.

Proposals are sought on the topics of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems, including the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):

  • Socioeconomics and water use – includes the development of water use models that require understanding of what drives the timing and location of water being withdrawn and used and how those relations change when climate impacts the use or conservation/management strategies (culture/societal/economics) are implemented.
  • Water related hazards and public health – exploration of the intersections of land/water use, disease vector mechanisms, and water hazards, climate change, and/or irrigation practices. Research may include advancing our understand of these connections as they affect the development rates of pathogens impacting public health.
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs) -Proposals are sought that focus on innovations in monitoring the occurrence of HABs and algal toxins, research on factors that result in algal toxin production, and improvements in near-real time modeling and forecasting of toxin-producing blooms

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 information, see FY_2021_104g_RFP_G21AS00518