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.

Detailed instructions for proposals are available in the 2020 Water Resources Research Grants Announcement.

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 four 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):

• Expand and enhance the use of hydrologic monitoring data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools to provide state-of-the-art flood and drought forecasts, drive emergency- and water-management decision support systems.

• Research to help society deal with water scarcity or water availability challenges such as drought, snow pack, and/or changes in runoff regimes.

• Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows.

• 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:

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance, and SF-424B Assurances
  • Signed matching funds commitment letter
  • Suggested reviewers
  • Research Proposal, including a Budget Breakdown, Budget Justification, and Budget Summary
  • 104G Budget Sheet and Instructions for Budget sheet are found here.
  • USGS Data Management Plan must be included in the full proposal

Application submission procedure:

Proposals must be submitted to the South Dakota Water Resources Institute by 5 :00 pm March 13, 2020

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