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Competitive Funding Programs through the Water Center

The Oklahoma Water Resources Center administers or promotes several water grants programs. Each year, the Center invites proposals from water researchers. More information about these programs is available below.If you wish to be notified of requests for proposals as they become available, please join our mailing list.

National Water Research Grants Program (USGS 104(g) grants of $250,000)
This program offers support for one- to three-year research projects on topics of national importance.

**FY2019 Closing Dates**
4:00 PM, February 15, 2019 (Preproposals)
4:00 PM, May 31, 2019 (Institutes)

Oklahoma Water Research Grants Program
This competitive program is available to current faculty, staff, and students of any Oklahoma university conducting research addressing Oklahoma water issues.

**PY2019 Closing Dates**
Pre-proposals: 5:00 p.m. June 15, 2018
Full proposals: 5:00 p.m. October 10, 2018 (from selected PIs)

External Funding Opportunities

DOE: Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (Pre-application due 2/14/19; full application due 4/11/19)

The goal of the Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) program is to advance a robust predictive understanding of how watersheds function as integrated hydro-biogeochemical systems and how these systems respond to perturbations caused by changes in water availability and quality, contaminant release, nutrient cycling, land-use, vegetation cover, and snowmelt timing. This FOA will consider Standard and Exploratory applications that focus on measurements, experiments, and modeling to provide improved quantitative and predictive understanding of how hydrobiogeochemical processes function in watershed systems. SBR is seeking research applications on topics in the following areas: a) Ecohydrology and Hydro-biogeochemistry, and b) Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry. Applicants should familiarize themselves with the SBR Science Focus Area (SFA) programs at the DOE National Laboratories ( All projects are required to clearly delineate an integrative, hypothesis-driven approach and clearly describe the existing needs and gaps in state-of-the-art models.

NSF: Division of Environmental Biology (proposals accepted anytime)
DEB Core Track supports research and training on evolutionary and ecological processes acting at the level of populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. DEB encourages research that elucidates fundamental principles that identify and explain the unity and diversity of life and its interactions with the environment over space and time. Research may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative studies; synthesis activities; phylogenetic discovery projects; or theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling. Proposals should be submitted to the core clusters (Ecosystem Sciences, Evolutionary Processes, Population and Community Ecology, and Systematics and Biodiversity Sciences). DEB also encourages interdisciplinary proposals that cross conceptual boundaries and integrate over levels of biological organization or across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Research addressing ecology and ecosystem science in the marine biome should be directed to the Biological Oceanography Program in the Division of Ocean Sciences; research addressing evolution and systematics in the marine biome should be directed to the Evolutionary Processes or Systematics and Biodiversity Science programs in DEB.

NSF/NSFC Joint Research on Environmental Sustainability Challenges (proposals accepted anytime)
The NSF Engineering and Geosciences Directorates (ENG and GEO) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) Department of Engineering and Material Sciences (DEMS) and Department of Geosciences are partnering to encourage joint research by U.S. - China teams collaborating on fundamental research that addresses critical environmental sustainability challenges. Every proposal must include the participation of researchers from at least one U.S. institution and at least one institution in China. Proposals that do not comply with this requirement will be returned without review.

This call is for research proposals from joint U.S. - China teams in the environmental sustainability themes of:
"Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS: U.S.-China)"
1.  quantitative and computational modeling of a FEW system
2.  innovative human and technological solutions to critical FEW systems problems.

NSF: Environmental Engineering (proposals accepted anytime)
The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support potentially transformative fundamental research that applies scientific and engineering principles to 1) prevent or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges of pollution to soil, water, and air; 2) mitigate the ecological and human-health impacts of such releases by smart/adaptive/reactive amendments or manipulation of the environment, and 3) remediate polluted environments through engineered chemical, biological, and/or geo-physical processes.

Integral to achieving these goals is a fundamental understanding of the transport and biogeochemical reactivity of pollutants in the environment. Therefore, research on environmental micro/biology, environmental chemistry, and environmental geophysics may be relevant providing there is a clear connection to the application of environmental engineering to protect human and ecological health.

NSF: INFEWS (proposals accepted anytime)
The INFEWS program seeks to support research that conceptualizes food, energy, and water (FEW) systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment).

Investigations of these complex systems may produce discoveries that cannot emerge from research on food or energy or water systems alone. It is the synergy among these components in the context of sustainability that will open innovative science and engineering pathways to produce new knowledge, novel technologies, and innovative predictive capabilities.