Call for Proposals: DPI-Argonne Research Partnerships Seed Grants

University of Illinois System (DPI, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Springfield, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), researchers from Argonne, and other institutions to submit seed grant proposals to conduct joint research on topics outlined below. Our goal is to leverage the complementary research expertise and resources from both organizations to develop the next generation of technologies with inspiring impacts on science, the economy, and society.  

Associate Director Position – Colorado Water Center

Cooperative Extension, Colorado State University

Salary Range: $80,000 -$100,000

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service, and engagement.

The Colorado Water Center (CoWC) is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes created by the Water Resources Act of 1964, collectively forming the National Institutes for Water Resources. As a division under Colorado State University’s (CSU) Office of Engagement and Extension (OEE), the Center aims to connect all water expertise in Colorado’s higher education system with research and education needs of the state’s water managers and users. The CoWC leads interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities to address complex and evolving water-related challenges in Colorado and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration among stakeholders, synthesizes objective water knowledge to inform decision-making, and inspires the next generation of water leaders. The Center is headquartered at CSU’s Fort Collins, CO campus, with specialists working throughout the state and partners across the country and world. The CoWC is currently developing a Western Water Policy Institute to be headquartered at the Hydro Building at the CSU Spur campus in Denver, CO ( Visit the CoWC website to learn more about our work

CSU, a prestigious Carnegie Tier 1 Very High Research Activity (R1 status) University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and world-class faculty, staff, and students. CSU enrolls approximately 33,000 on-campus undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in northern Colorado with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. CSU is located 60 miles north of Denver in the beautiful city of Fort Collins, CO.

The Associate Director serves in a leadership position with the Colorado Water Center (CoWC), which fulfills an important role in higher education throughout Colorado and beyond. In this capacity, the Associate Director assists in leading and ensuring execution of CoWC’s research and education programs, outreach activities, communications, and operations to advance the Center’s mission and goals.

The Associate Director defines and implements water-related initiatives in concert with CoWC’s Director. The Associate Director works with the Center’s senior research scientists, CSU Extension water specialists, and water experts to advance knowledge and solutions to priority water challenges. They are responsible for bringing together interdisciplinary teams to successfully compete for external grant funding. The Associate Director has supervisory responsibility for the unit’s research and outreach program coordinators.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, May 9, 2022. Please submit the following to to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number.
  • Special Required Documentation – Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable “Required” and “Preferred” Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately. All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process. For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Joel Schneekloth at 970-345-0508 or

View the full job posting here.

New IISG undergraduate opportunity with community engaged internship (CEI)

Application deadline: April 29, 2022

For full details, please visit this page –

The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), in cooperation with Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, is offering a CEI opportunity to support conservation policy efforts for the Shedd Aquarium. Sea Grant’s Community Engaged Internship (CEI) aims to broaden participation in coastal, ocean, Great Lakes, and marine sciences by offering paid internships to students from under-resourced, underrepresented and/or indigenous and tribal populations. The CEI is a national program involving Sea Grant state programs and other partners.

The IISG Sea Grant intern will be part of a national cohort of students. Each intern is expected to participate in all aspects of the CEI program: 

·         On-the-ground learning experience, including completion of a project that extends the knowledge of community stakeholders to address a coastal, marine or Great Lakes issue of environmental, economic and/or social importance

·         Mentoring by Sea Grant and Shedd professionals, Sea Grant funded researchers and Knauss Fellows. 

·         Virtual professional development sessions and training opportunities. 

·         Peer discussions with other interns in the cohort using Slack or other virtual platforms. 

·         Graduation Ceremony to celebrate accomplishments, network with peers and other professionals (in-person meeting included, dependent on status of COVD-19 restrictions). 

·         Participation in pre/post evaluation.

This paid, full-time summer internship will be 10-12 weeks long, depending on the intern’s availability, starting no later than June 1 2022. The intern will have the choice to work remotely, in-person at the Shedd Aquarium, or a hybrid schedule. If the status of COVID worsens, the intern can work completely remotely. Occasional travel may be possible for the internship, depending on travel status policies. For questions about this opportunity, please email Angela Archer at

REGISTER – Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar Series – April 2022 Edition

Apr 6, 2022 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Join the Algal Bloom Action Team as we kick off our 2022 Harmful Algal Blooms Webinar Series! This month we examine how climate change is impacting marine and freshwater ecosystems with Dr. Christopher Gobler from Stony Brook University and learn about the history and current harmful algal bloom projects at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Register here!

REGISTER – IL-IN Sea Grant Panel Discussion: What to Include in Grant Applications


Join Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant staff as they host a panel discussion with representatives from different funding agencies. Panelists will share what their organization looks for when selecting proposals to support, and audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. The primary audience for this webinar is students or post-doctoral graduates currently affiliated with universities and colleges in Illinois and Indiana.

Panelists include Nick Boucher, Fishery Program Research Associate, Great Lakes Fishery Commission; Jenny Orsburn, Program Manager, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program; Amy Weckle, Assistant Director, Illinois Water Resources Center; Chuck Weirich, Aquaculture Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant; Alan Wilson, Auburn University, former Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Apr 12, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Executive Director of CUAHSI

Looking for a way to positively impact the water research community? Interested in leading a dynamic, community-serving organization? The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is seeking a new Executive Director with the vision and management skills to lead the consortium in its important role of advancing water science through community efforts such as: developing, supporting, and operating research infrastructure; improving access to data, information and models; articulating priorities for community-level water-related research and observations; facilitating interactions among the diverse water research community; promoting interdisciplinary education centered in water science; and translating scientific advancements into effective tools for water management and policy. The Executive Director also serves as President (Chief Executive Officer) of the Corporation and reports to the Board of Directors.

Full Job Description Available Here

CUAHSI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization representing more than 100 U.S. colleges, universities, and international water science institutions. CUAHSI is primarily supported through cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation (NSF), but has developed a broader portfolio of funded initiatives with other federal agencies, member institutions, and donor organizations. CUAHSI has an extensive portfolio of education and outreach programs, as well as leading the development of hydroinformatics tools such as CUAHSI has a staff of 15, including administrative personnel, with an annual budget of approximately $4.0 M.

(PAST) National Competitive Grants RFP Informational Webinar

The National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) has released their annual request for proposals (RFPs) under their National Competitive Grants Program. In cooperation with USGS, these RFPs, submitted through each state’s Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), have historically funded only four applicants throughout the nation. In the last few years, however, Congress has recognized the unique capabilities of this program and additional funds have been allocated around specific focus areas. In addition to a general water-related focus of the annual RFP(104G), an RFP focusing on PFAs and an RFP focusing on Aquatic Invasive Species in the Upper Mississippi River Basin have been added. All three RFPs require similar preparation and encourage regional WRRI/Water Science Center collaborations. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for these grants with research that focuses on water issues of regional and national importance.

Given the potential benefit of these opportunities to the Great Lakes Region, the WRRIs in this region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI) are organizing a joint informational webinar focusing on RFP preparation and regional collaborative opportunities. We discuss the full proposal process, funding priorities and give researchers a chance to ask questions.

Feel free to share this message with others who may benefit from these opportunities!

Webinar recording link:

For more information about the funding opportunities see our Funding Opportunities page, or contact the Illinois Water Resources Center (


February 22, 2022 – Ames, IA – The Iowa Water Center recently received a second round of funding from the North Central Region Water Network to co-lead the delivery of research-based harmful algal bloom information to Extension professionals across the Midwest. The Algal Bloom Action Team, a collective of Water Resource Research Institutes and Extension representatives throughout the Corn Belt region, will receive $10,000 to fund outreach and engagement activities.

“We have identified gaps between scientific discovery related to harmful algal blooms and actionable information Extension Professionals can provide to individuals and businesses at a local scale,” said Hanna Bates, Assistant Director of the Iowa Water Center, and co-Lead of the Algal Bloom Action Team. “This group seeks to address this gap.”

Lake managers, livestock producers, and even household pet owners must be aware of harmful algal blooms in natural environments. The Algal Bloom Action Team identifies science-based information and disseminates the data through a range of communication formats. Products from the Algal Bloom Action Team include webinars, fact sheets, and an annual symposium with program tracks centered around different industries confronted by harmful algal blooms. Many of the products consist of standardized messaging, which can be easily incorporated into curricula or outreach provided at no cost by the team.

“We seek to address the fact that harmful algal blooms are not just a Great Lakes issue, but a water resource problem faced by any state with major lake and river systems,” said Amy Weckle, Assistant Director of the Illinois Water Resources Center, and co-Lead of the Algal Bloom Action Team. “Harmful algal blooms pose a significant threat to public health in terms of water utilities and water recreation.”

The Algal Bloom Action Team formed in 2018 with support from the North Central Region Network. Further information and access to fact sheets, FAQs, and presentation recordings can be found here:


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.

Information contact: Hanna Bates, Iowa Water Center,

(PAST) Webinar: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication with Dr. Faith Kearns

California Institute for Water Resources
University of California , Division of Agriculture and Natural Resource
WEBINAR — Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 12 pm C.T.
Join by:
• Contacting for link in email

Many science communication practitioners find themselves working on issues that are emotional,
contentious, and sometimes traumatic. The traditional science communication tools of perfecting a
presentation, message, or frame fall short in the face of these kinds of challenges. This talk will
focus on a different way of approaching science communication with tools that including relating,
listening, working with conflict, and understanding trauma, all with an eye toward justice and
community care

Kearns is a scientist and science communication practitioner with over 25 years experience working
on water, wildfire, and climate change in Washington D.C. and the western U.S. Her work has been
published in New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. Her book, Getting to the Heart of
Science: A Guide to Effective Engagement (Island Press, 2021) is available anywhere books are sold.

“Dr. Kearns has given us much-needed tools for sharing science with empathy,
engagement, and the full humanity that our audiences deserve. A brave and
brilliant guide to the shifting terrain of science communication.”
Cynthia Barnett, University of Florida Environmental Journalist in Residence and
author of Mirage, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, and The
Sound of the Sea. Read more about Kearns and her book here.

Funding opportunity for Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Graduate Student and Faculty Scholars

IISG Mission

One of Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s (IISG) long-term goals is to help build a community of researchers and outreach professionals focused on critically important Lake Michigan issues. The IISG Scholars programs are designed to help build this community by introducing researchers to the issues and the stakeholders affected by them. In addition, the programs are intended to help graduate student scholars further the impact of their research, and faculty scholars develop innovative, fundable proposals for future work in the region. Past scholar projects can be reviewed at

The 2022 IISG Scholars competition is now open for Graduate Students and Faculty.

Awards are issued for one year and activities should be completed during that year. IISG expects to support 5–7 Graduate Student Scholars and 3–4 Faculty Scholars in 2022. The full Request for Applications, including award amounts and application requirements, can be found at

Applicants for both opportunities (graduate students or faculty) should submit materials via by 5:00 p.m. Central time on March 18, 2022. Applications should be submitted to the “IL-IN SG 2022 Scholars Competition”. Late applications will not be accepted unless the applicant has contacted IISG staff before the deadline to make them aware of potential issues, (e.g., computer, power, or internet issues).

Office hours, where potential applicants can ask questions about the technical aspects of their applications, will be held Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., both Eastern time, throughout the month of February. Connection information can be requested by emailing Research Coordinator Carolyn Foley at In addition, recordings outlining the technical aspects of applications, e.g., budget and forms preparation, will be posted to by February 16, 2022.