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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 pre-proposals under Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. 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.”

Detailed instructions for proposals are available in the Draft 2019 Water Resources Research Grants Announcement.

SDSU Budget Template to Assist with Pre-proposal Development  

NOTE: Pre-proposals are not required to submit a detailed budget.

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:

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):

  • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting,
    maintenance, management and replacement.
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality
    of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use
    changes; including associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure
  • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and
    groundwater, including estimation of the physical and/or economic supply of water.
  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated
    surface/ground water management.
  • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as
    adoption, penetration and permanence.

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
  • NEW for this Fiscal Year a USGS Data Management Plan must be included in the full

Application submission procedure:

Proposals must be filed on the Internet through the Online Program Management System at the federal grants website.

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