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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.

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Oklahoma Water Research Grants Program (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.

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

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. Pre-proposals were due February 15, 2018.

External Funding Opportunities

Bureau of Reclamation: Desalination and Water Purification Research Program (DWPR; due 12/13/2018)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement’s objective is to invite private industry, universities, water utilities, and other research sponsors to submit proposals to cost share laboratory scale and pilot scale projects that address DWPR program goals and objectives.

  1. Funding Group I: Laboratory scale projects are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates (less than 2 gallons per minute). They are used to determine the viability of a novel process, new materials, or process modifications. Research at this stage often involves a high degree of risk and uncertainty.
  2. Funding Group II: Pilot scale projects test a novel process at a sufficiently large scale to determine the technical, practical, and economic viability of the process and are generally preceded by laboratory studies (funded previously by DWPR or others) that demonstrate that the technology works.

USDA RUS: Solid Waste Management Grant (SWM) Program (due 12/31/18)

The SWM Grant Program has been established to assist communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients. Qualified organizations will receive SWM grant funds to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources in rural areas, and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas. The following activities are authorized under the SWM statute: Grant funds must be used to capitalize a SWM program for the purpose of:

  • Evaluating current landfill conditions to determine threats to water resources.
  • Providing technical assistance and/or training to enhance operator skills in the operation and maintenance of active landfills.
  • Providing technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream.
  • Providing technical assistance and/or training for operators of landfills which are closed or will be closed in the near future with the development and implementation of closure plans, future land use plans, safety and maintenance planning, and closure scheduling within permit requirements.

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.