FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC) is currently accepting Full Proposals in response to our annual 104B program opportunity.

Prior to submission of a full proposal, please submit a Notification of Intent

Please only submit proposals that are submission-ready. Your business office should review for completeness, IWRC will submit your proposal as part of our annual application for funding from USGS to Sponsored Programs Administration. IWRC’s process is strictly administrative, submitting the proposal without alteration. The proposal contents are the PI’s responsibility. If specific points in the call for proposals are confusing, feel free to reach out to IWRC for additional clarification.  

PROPOSALS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING:

  1. Proposals for research on health effects involving human subjects.
  2. Proposals for research involving oceanography (estuarine research proposals are acceptable).
  3. Proposals submitted by an Institute or Center that has not met reporting requirements on a previous award by the USGS.
  4. Proposals that do not comply with the terms of this Announcement.
  5. Proposals for research that do not meet the listed Research Priorities.

MAXIMUM AWARD: $15,000

ANTICIPATED AWARD START DATE: September 1, 2023

AWARD DURATION: 12 months

COST SHARING/MATCHING REQUIREMENT: Each applicant must match each Federal dollar provided to support each proposed project with not less than two dollars from non-federal sources. Please check with your campus business office for allowable sources of matching funds.

INDIRECT COSTS: As per the Water Resources Research Act, federal funds shall not be used to pay indirect costs, however, unrecovered indirect costs on both the federal and non-federal funds CAN be used to help fulfill the Cost Sharing/Matching Requirement.

104B Annual Funding Opportunity

The Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC) requests proposals to fund exploratory research or educational projects that enhance water sciences research and higher education throughout Illinois. While we are interested in all water resources issues that impact Illinois, our 2023 priority topics are agriculture, climate, ecosystem structure and function, per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), urban resilience, water-energy nexus, and water equity. We are particularly interested in supporting projects that will help grow the body of research in Illinois, including proof-of-concept projects that may help researchers attract larger grants. Proposals continuing the work of previous IWRC Annual Research Grants will not be accepted. This is an open call contingent on funding availability.

*104G funding opportunities are currently closed.

The Illinois Water Resources Center is a source for multiple large funding opportunities annually. The USGS offers three funding opportunities seeking various specific areas of inquiry.

See the announcement for the National Competitive Grants RFP Informational Webinar here.

Watch the WRRI Great Lakes Informational Presentation About USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants Programs here.

View the WRRI Great Lakes Informational Presentation Slides About USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grants Programs here.

Each opportunity can fund up to $250,000 for projects 1-3 years in duration, a 1:1 match of federal dollars to cost share dollars is required.

Expected FY2022 project start date is 12/01/2022.

USGS is expected to award 4 PFAS, 4 AIS, and 6 general 104G proposals, nationally.

104G General Funding Opportunity

Dates Open: 03/22/2022 – 05/10/2022*

Proposals are sought on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems, including the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority): 

Abundance, location, and persistence of legacy nutrients: What are the mechanisms that facilitate accumulation and persistence? Where in landscape are they stored and what does that mean for the potential to enter or move through the hydrologic system? What are the methods, time periods, and utility to characterizing “new” versus “old” sources? Do related nutrients persist and move in the same way, and what does this mean for short- and long-term water quality? 

Trends of integrated processes: How do changes in one aspect of water quantity and availability affect other long-term aspects? For example, how are changes in groundwater identifiable as changes in streamflow patterns? How do changes in streamflow result in changes in water quality? 

Water Conflict: What are the risks of water conflict as a result of inter-basin transfers driven by water-use behavior, socioeconomic conditions, changing land-use patterns, and climate variability. Aspects for consideration include identification of thresholds, tradeoffs between sectors and(or) communities, conservation opportunities and stakeholder actions, agent-based modeling, relevant laws and regulations, and adaptive management. 

For PER – AND POLYFLUOROALKYL
SUBSTANCES

Dates Open: 03/22/2022 – 05/10/2022*

The challenges and opportunities of understanding the impact of per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances on water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing effect of this group of man-made substances on water quality. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale or national scale. Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority): 

Novel proxies for PFAS detection and quantification 

Process-oriented research of PFAS fate, transport, and effects, with emphasis on molecular-level understanding of PFAS precursor transformation, sorption dynamics, or mechanisms of bioaccumulation and(or) biological/ecological effects. 

Atmospheric transport of PFAS that results in delivery to the hydrologic system via precipitation and runoff at regional or national scales. 

For AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

Dates Open: 03/22/2022 – 05/10/2022*

The challenges and opportunities that link aquatic invasive species and water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing effect of numerous aquatic invasive species on water quality, water quantity, and aquatic ecosystems. Research is needed to better identify and understand these interactions and to guide management decisions that will help to improve invasive species management and thus reduce effects of invasive species on water resources and aquatic ecosystems at local, regional, and national scales. Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority): 

Effects: Improve our understanding of the effects of aquatic invasive species on lakes, rivers, and associated tributaries in the upper Mississippi River basin, including changes to water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem dynamics. 

Characteristics: Identify physical, biological, and chemical characteristics of water bodies that infer resistance and resilience to the distribution, establishment, and effects of aquatic invasive species in the upper Mississippi River basin. Research is needed to better understand these interactions to guide management decisions that will improve invasive species management and result in positive effects on aquatic ecosystems. 

Management: Assessment of the detection, spread, and management of aquatic invasive species in the upper Mississippi River basin and the connections to human dimensions, both socially and economically. 

Great Lakes Region Contacts for USG National Competitive Grants
Great Lakes Region Water Resources Centers and Institutes
United States Geological Survey
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