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USGS 104g Competitive Research Grants

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the South Dakota Water Resources Institute (SD WRI) requests proposals under Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984.

More information is available on the USGS Water Resources Research Act Program webpage.

SDSU Budget Template to Assist with proposal Development  

The objectives of the program are: 

  1. Promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues.
  2. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program.
  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 proposals from faculty beginning their careers.

Research Priorities:

Please be aware that the USGS is not asking for pre-proposals this year and are only requesting full proposals addressing the high priority research areas as written in the RFP (listed below). They will not consider proposals that are submitted for hydrologic research that do not address these areas (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the development of water use models that require understanding of what drives the timing and location of water being withdrawn and used and how those relations change when climate impacts the use or conservation/management strategies (culture/societal/economics) are implemented.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.

Maximum Size and Duration of Project:

  • Applicants shall not request total federal funds exceeding $250,000 per project. Each applicant must match each Federal dollar provided to support each proposed project with not less than one dollar from non-federal sources.
  • Proposed projects may be of 1 to 3 years in duration, with discrete 12-month budget periods.

Proposal contents:

Application submission procedure:

Proposals must be submitted to the South Dakota Water Resources Institute by 5 p.m. June 14, 2021.

Please contact John Maursetter at 605-688-5668 for additional questions.