December 12, 2015

The National Institutes for Water Resources, in conjunction with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has issued a request for proposals under the National Competitive Grants Program. Researchers can request up to $250,000 for projects that promote USGS and university collaboration and align with the following 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

All Illinois researchers employed by an institution of higher learning are eligible to apply. Awards are available through the Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC). Proposals are due to IWRC on February 25, 2016 at 5 pm Eastern.

Read the full RFP for more information on project and application requirements. We recommend you contact Lisa Merrifield at or 217-333-0045 prior to submitting a proposal.

Request for proposals for National Competitive Grants Program