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Request for Proposals - USGS 104(g)

The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) is requesting proposals for research expected to be funded September 1, 2021 for a period of 1 to 3 years. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior, will sponsor the research. $3,500,000 in estimated total funding is available through the USGS Water Resources Research Act Program as described in the following three announcements. This competitive grant program focuses on water problems and issues of regional or interstate nature. Thus, proposals with regional partnerships are highly encouraged.

Faculty from all West Virginia colleges and universities are encouraged to submit proposals to WVWRI. Awards are available only to Water Research Institutes or any investigator at an institution of higher learning who applies through the state Water Research Institute. Notifications of Intent to Submit must be submitted to WVWRI via email to: wvwri@mail.wvu.edu by 5:00 pm on May 27, 2021. Proposals must be submitted to WVWRI in pdf format to: wvwri@mail.wvu.edu by 5:00 pm on June 10, 2021. Please include USGS104g in the subject line and indicate whether you are responding to the general, PFAS, or Aquatic Invasive Species RFP. Proposals submitted without notice of intent will not be accepted.

Water Resources Research Act Program National Competitive Grants FY2021

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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 announcement also include the following: 
  • 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 in FY2021 the USGS will have internal funds available for modest support of USGS scientists on selected proposals.
  • Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program.
  • Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water resource fields. Proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) are encouraged, as are proposals from faculty beginning their careers.
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):
  • Socioeconomics and water use – includes the development of water use models that require understanding of what drives the timing and location of water being withdrawn and used and how those relations change when climate impacts the use or conservation/management strategies (culture/societal/economics) are implemented.
  • Water related hazards and public health - exploration of the intersections of land/water use, disease vector mechanisms, and water hazards, climate change, and/or irrigation practices. Research may include advancing our understand of these connections as they affect the development rates of pathogens impacting public health.
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs).Proposals are sought that focus on innovations in monitoring the occurrence of HABs and algal toxins, research on factors that result in algal toxin production, and improvements in near-real time modeling and forecasting of toxin-producing blooms.
Federal Award Information
An estimated $1,500,000 is available for an expected 6 awards with a maximum award of $250,000. Awards will be made directly to the Water Resources Research Institute or Center through which the proposal was submitted. The target award date is August through September with a USGS-preferred project start date of September 1, 2021. The project start date must be no later than September 30, 2021. Proposed projects may be of 1 to 3 years in duration, with discrete 12-month budget periods. See RFP for cost share requirements.


Water Resources Research Act Program: Per- and Polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) Substances Competitive Grants FY2021

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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 announcement also include the following: 
  • Promote per-and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) substances research as related to the nation’s water quality.
  • Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program.
  • Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water resource fields. Proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) are encouraged, as are proposals from faculty beginning their careers.

Research Priorities

The challenges and opportunities of understanding the impact of per-and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) substances on water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing impact 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):
  • Research on the fate, persistence, transport, and impacts of per-and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) substances on changes to water quality and/or ecosystem dynamics, in water resources, including surface water and groundwater.
  • Social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and management of PFAS in surface and/or groundwater.
Federal Award Information
An estimated $1,000,000 is available for an expected 4 awards with a maximum award of $250,000. Awards will be made directly to the Water Resources Research Institute or Center through which the proposal was submitted. The target award date is August through September with a USGS-preferred project start date of September 1, 2021. The project start date must be no later than September 30, 2021. Proposed projects may be of 1 to 3 years in duration, with discrete 12-month budget periods. See RFP for cost share requirements.


Water Resources Research Act Program: Aquatic Invasive Species Competitive Grants FY2021

Download RFP Here

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 announcement also include the following: 
  • Promote aquatic invasive species research as related to hydrodynamics, water quality, and/or social science in the Upper Mississippi River basin to address a critical need for this state multi-state research. 
  • Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program. 
  • Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water resource fields. Proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) are encouraged, as are proposals from faculty beginning their careers.
Research Priorities
The challenges and opportunities of understanding the connection of aquatic invasive species and water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing impact of numerous aquatic invasive species on water quality and quantity. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional 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):
  • Improve our understanding of the impacts of aquatic invasive species on lakes and rivers in the Upper Mississippi River basin, including changes to water quantity, quality and ecosystem dynamics.
  • Identify lake and river characteristics that infer resistance and resilience to establishment and impacts of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale.
  • Social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and management of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin.
Federal Award Information
An estimated $1,000,000 is available for an expected 4 awards with a maximum award of $250,000. Awards will be made directly to the Water Resources Research Institute or Center through which the proposal was submitted. The target award date is August through September with a USGS-preferred project start date of September 1, 2021. The project start date must be no later than September 30, 2021. Proposed projects may be of 1 to 3 years in duration, with discrete 12-month budget periods. See RFP for cost share requirements.


Eligibility Requirements

Applications will be accepted only from Institutes or Centers established pursuant to the provisions of Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended. The applicant may consider project proposals only from faculty members or affiliates at institutions of higher education in its State. Therefore, eligible applicants are faculty members or affiliates at institutions of higher education in the State of West Virginia.

Proposals Not Eligible for Funding

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

Please submit any questions regarding this announcement to wvwri@mail.wvu.edu.