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The Oklahoma Water Resources Center administers two water research grant programs in cooperation with the USGS. Each year, we invite proposals from water researchers. If you wish to be notified of requests for proposals as they become available, please join our newsletter.

 

Oklahoma Water Research Grants Program

2023 Request for Pre-Proposals is Currently Closed – USGS 104(b) Annual Base Grants Program 

The Oklahoma Water Research Center (OWRC) annually seeks preproposals that address high priority water problems in the State of Oklahoma. This grant program is a competitive grant program available to current faculty, staff and students of any Oklahoma university conducting research addressing priority Oklahoma water issues.

 

For more information, see the Request for Pre-Proposals.

 

Submission of 2023 pre-proposals has closed. Information about 2024 submissions will be available once released by USGS.

 

National Water Research Grant Programs

Available grants include:

USGS 104(g) General

Aquatic Invasive Species

PFAS

 

Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended.

 

The Oklahoma Water Resources Center (OWRC) is responsible for submitting all Oklahoma state proposals to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

 

Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of one to three years in duration with discreet 12-month budget periods and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Investigators must match one non-federal dollar to each federal dollar requested.

 

Proposal submissions for 2022 are currently closed.

 

  • 104g General

    Program Objectives

    Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focus on: “water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary of the Interior and the water resources research institutes.”

     

    Objectives of this program also include the following:

    1. Promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water-resources issues. Proposals exhibiting substantial collaboration between the USGS and the applicant are strongly encouraged. Collaborative proposals should describe in detail the respective roles of the USGS and the applicant in the proposed work. It is anticipated that in FY2022 the USGS will have internal funds available for modest support of USGS scientists on selected proposals.
    2. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program, both to the scientific community and to the general public.
    3. Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water-resource fields. Proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) are encouraged, as are those from early-career faculty.

    Research Priorities

    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.
  • Aquatic Invasive Species

    Program Objectives

    Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focus on: “water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary of the Interior and the water resources research institutes.”

     

    Objectives of this program also include the following:

    1. Promote aquatic invasive species research as related to hydrodynamics, water quality, control technologies, and(or) human dimensions in the upper Mississippi River basin to address critical needs, including integration with ongoing USGS science and monitoring.
    2. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program, both to the scientific community and to the general public.
    3. Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water-resource fields. Proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) are encouraged, as are those from early-career faculty.

    Research Priorities

    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.
  • Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

    Program Objectives

    Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focus on: “water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary (of the Interior) and the (water resources research) institutes.” Objectives of this program also include the following:

    A. Promote per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances research as related to the nation’s water quality as well as the social and(or) economic implications that might drive or be affected by PFAS. This includes integration with ongoing USGS science, monitoring, and goals, including those summarized by Tokranov and others (2021).

    B. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program, both to the scientific community and to the general public.

    C. Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water-resource fields. Proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) are encouraged, as are those from early-career faculty.

     

    Research Priorities

    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.

 

Access All USGS Forms Here

 

 

Proposal Instructions

 

For All Proposals

Please submit the basic proposal information requested below to the Oklahoma Water Resources Center, Michelle German, and Melissa Harrison  no later than April 26, 2022.

    • Title
    • PI
  • For Non-OSU Proposals

    *Full proposal must be complete in Grants.gov by May 2, 2022.

    • Provide Melissa and Michelle with the Grants.gov username of your sponsored programs contact no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 26, 2022.
    • Melissa or Michelle will create a Grants.gov Workspace package and add your sponsored programs contact.
    • Fully route the proposal through your institution's approval process.
    • Work with your sponsored programs office to complete the Grants.gov Workspace package according to the instructions in the RFP, no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 2, 2022.
    • Notify Melissa and Michelle when the Grants.gov Workspace package is complete and ready for submission.
    • Do Not Submit the Grants.gov Workspace package – Melissa or Michelle will review and submit for you before the USGS May 10, 2022 deadline. Per the RFP, the Grants.gov Workspace can only by submitted by the institution that houses the water center.
    • Melissa or Michelle will send you confirmation of submission.
  • For OSU, non-DASNR Proposals

    *Full proposal must be complete in Grants.gov by May 2, 2022.

    • Fully route the proposal through your institution's approval process.
    • Work with your sponsored programs office to create and complete the Grants.gov Workspace package according to the instructions in the RFP, no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 2, 2022.
    • Add Melissa (username: melissajolene) to the Grants.gov Workspace package.
    • Notify Melissa and Michelle when the Grants.gov Workspace package is complete and ready for submission.
    • Do not submit the Grants.gov Workspace package - Melissa or Michelle will review and submit for you before the USGS May 10, 2022 deadline. Per the RFP, the Grants.gov Workspace can only by submitted by the institution that houses the water center.
    • Melissa will send you confirmation of submission.
  • For OSU, DASNR Proposals

    *Full proposal must be complete in Grants.gov by May 2, 2022.

    • Upon receipt of the basic information due on April 26, 2022, DASNR Sponsored Programs will prepare a routing package, following usual DASNR procedure.
    • Proposals will be completed by sponsored programs staff in Grants.gov, according to the instructions in the RFP, no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 2, 2022. Sponsored Programs will submit before the USGS May 10, 2022 deadline.
    • DASNR Sponsored Programs will send you confirmation of submission.

 

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