Iowa Water Center Seed Grant and Graduate Student Research Competition Now Open

09.06.2017 - Ames, Iowa – The Iowa Water Center annual grant competition is now open to receive research proposals. Funding of up to $30,000 is available for one research project at Iowa’s accredited public or private universities or community colleges. As seed grant funding, this program enables researchers to explore innovative ideas that will grow to be tools to assist in building future water-related policies and practices.
 
Funding of up to $5,000 for one year is available for a maximum of three graduate students nearing completion of their program of study. This program allows for students to complete additional research objectives or products beyond the scope of their current water related funded project. Iowa Water Center staff is available to assist students in their submissions.
 
The research priority for both competitions is harmful algal blooms (HABs). HABs are naturally occurring; however, their frequency and intensity have been increasing. These increases have been tightly linked to anthropogenic activities influencing nutrient delivery to surface water resources. HABs is a broad topic that may encompass any of the following areas:
·         HAB events
·         Nutrient transport related to HABs
·         Treatment technologies, including BMPs, and their effectiveness
·         Social science related to HABs
 
Research proposals must follow RFP guidelines and can be submitted to the Iowa Water Center via email (send to hbates@iastate.edu). Proposals are due November 8, 2017 by 5PM Central Time. Late proposals will not be accepted. More information regarding this opportunity can be found at the Iowa Water Center website (http://www.water.iastate.edu/content/iowa-water-center-grant-competitions).
 
The Iowa Water Center: The Iowa Water Center is a federally funded organization, part of the National Institutes for Water Resources. Located on the Iowa State University campus, it is one of 54 institutes located throughout the United States and U.S territories. The purpose of the Iowa Water Center is to identify water-related research needs, provide outreach and education opportunities, and disseminate information about Iowa’s water resources to the public to form better policies and everyday practices. 

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