The Water Resources Research Institutes National Competitive Grants program (104G) is now accepting proposals

01.09.20 – Ames, IA - The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals for research projects to improve and enhance the nation’s water supply and availability and promote the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. For the 2020 National Competitive Grants Program, proposals must address one of four priority areas:
1) Expand and enhance the use of hydrologic monitoring data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools to provide state-of-the-art flood and drought forecasts, drive emergency- and water-management decision support systems;
2) Research to help society deal with water scarcity or water availability challenges such as drought, snow pack, and/or changes in runoff regimes;
3) Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows; and
4) Exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Proposal 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. Investigators much match one non-federal dollar to each federal dollar requested.
The deadline for submissions to the Iowa Water Center is March 10, 2020 by 5PM Central TimeThe submission process differs from previous years, requesting full proposal submissions to the Iowa Water Center. Investigators are encouraged to read through the 104(g) Iowa Submission Guidelines prior to reviewing the 104(G) FY2020 announcement found on

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