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water resources research grants


The USGS in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources is looking to support research that improves the nation's water supply, including 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; 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; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.  


Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for a grant through the Montana Water Center.  Proposals involving collaboration between 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.

If you are interested in learning more about Water Resources Research Grant opportunities, please view the full RFP.  Pre-proposals are due to the Montana Water Center by 3pm, February 15, 2019.     

2019 request for pre-proposals (pdf download) due february 15, 2019