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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.

Oklahoma Competitive Water Research Grants (USGS 104(b) and OSU VPR grants of up to $25,000)
This competitive program is available to current faculty, staff, and students of any Oklahoma university conducting research addressing Oklahoma water issues. Pre-proposals were due June 15, 2018. Full proposals from selected PIs are due October 10, 2018.

National Competitive Water Research Grants (USGS 104(g) grants of $250,000)
This program offers support for one- to three-year research projects on topics of national importance. Pre-proposals were due February 15, 2018.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Institute for Water Resources (grants up to $200,000)
Each year, the Water Center requests proposals for submission to the USACE's Water Resources Competitive Grants Program. Proposals are typically due in the summer.

DASNR Water Projects Funding Competition (awards up to $50,000)
DASNR administration offered funding to DASNR faculty and staff conducting high-priority water projects in 2014 and 2015.

The Berry Fellows Program (awards of $20,000 per two-year term)
This program recognizes DASNR faculty, Extension educators, and district specialists who are making outstanding contributions in research, Extension, and/or education.

External Funding Opportunities

EPA: Practical Methods to Analyze and Treat Emerging Contaminants in Solid Waste, Landfills, Wastewater/Leachates, Soils, and Groundwater to Protect Human Health and the Environment (due 10/2/18)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research that will lead to: (1) better understanding and characterization of the types and quantities of current and historical per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and PFAS-containing waste associated with waste disposal (e.g., landfills), as well as media containing PFAS released from these activities (e.g., PFAS in leachate collected by landfills or PFAS leaching to subsurface soils and groundwater); (2) increased knowledge of the fate, transport, potential for degradation or other changes to PFAS, and their mobility during materials management (e.g., under different landfill conditions such as pH, temperature, moisture content) that facilitate or retard such transformation or movement; and (3) new or improved methods that are more effective, efficient (in cost, energy, etc.), and practical in controlling, treating, destroying, or removing PFAS in waste and wastewater, landfill leachates, biosolids, or environmental media. The main goal is to promote innovation in evaluating and managing PFAS in solid waste, landfills, and environmental media that will lead to improved decision making, management practices, and technical methods to minimize the risks to both humans and ecosystems.

National Geographic Society: AI for Earth (due 10/8/18)
The National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft’s artificial intelligence (AI) for Earth program are partnering to support the exploration of how AI can help us understand, engage, and protect the planet. The $1 million AI for Earth Innovation Grant will provide grants to 5-15 novel projects that improve the way we monitor, model, and ultimately manage Earth’s natural systems for a more sustainable future.

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.