Iowa Water Center Grant Competitions

The Iowa Water Center (IWC) participates directly in two grant programs funded through the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) with funds allocated in the Water Resources Research Act.
Institute Research Grants [§104 (b)]   IWC administers an annual competitive statewide program to fund research that focuses on Iowa water resources problems. The center’s advisory board sets the research priorities. The program fosters collaboration among water-resource researchers at work in Iowa universities, state agencies, and federal offices located in Iowa. Funds available are set by the U.S. Congress and vary from year to year. The IWC issues its Request for Proposals each year in the fall.
For 2020, the Iowa Water Center will be awarding proposals for a Targeted Seed Grant Research Competition and a Graduate Student Supplemental Research Competition. 

  • The 2018 RFP is due November 25, 2019. The request for proposals is available here

National Research Grants [Section 104 (g)]   The U.S.Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) jointly administer and set the priorities for this grant program. The focus is on regional and interstate water resources problems, which are typically the scope and interests of a single state. Proposals are submitted through the state’s respective water institute or center before being forwarded to the USGS/NIWR reviewers. An annual RFP is typically issued in November and publicized in Iowa by the IWC.
The Water Resources Research Institutes National Competitive Grants program (104G)  has been released and is hyperlinked below. 
The process is similar to last year, as they are requesting pre-proposals first, then invitations for full proposals will be given for up to 30 projects. 

  • The 2018 104(g) pre proposal was due February 15, 2019. 
  • Research Priorities:
    • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement.
    • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; including associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure costs.
    • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water.
    • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management.
    • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.
*** Preproposals must be submitted to Hanna Bates, Program Coordinator for the Iowa Water Center, email:
*** Submissions will receive a confirmation email -- if a confirmation email is not received, please contact the Iowa Water Center
Phone: 515-294-5650
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