Request for Proposals FY 2020 104(G) (National Competitive Grant Program)

The Maryland Water Resources Research Center (MWRRC) announces the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the FY 2020 National Competitive Grant Program by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Proposals are requested on the topics 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. Proposals must address one of the four high priority research areas listed in the RFP:

  • 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.

Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in Maryland is eligible to apply through the MWRRC. Projects will only be awarded if funds are appropriated to the USGS to support the program.

Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration, may request up to $250,000 in federal funds, and require a 1:1 (non-federal:federal) match. Proposals in PDF format must be emailed to the MWRRC Director Dr. Kaye Brubaker at kbru<at-symbol>umd.edu by 5 p.m., March 9, 2020 to allow adequate time for MWRRC to submit the proposals by the March 19 deadline for institutes. Only proposals submitted to MWRRC by March 9 will be transmitted to the National Grants Competition Proposal Peer Review Panel.

Additional information about research priorities, proposal content, format and review process are available in the RFP.

Request for Proposals FY 2020 104(B) (State Program)

The MWRRC invites proposals for Fiscal Year 2020 funding under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act.

Investigators from any Maryland institution of higher education are eligible to apply.

The Maryland version of the RFP: RFP-MWRRC-104b-2020_rev1. For investigators’ use in proposal preparation, the RFP attachments are also provided in MS Word Format (docx).

Applications must be received by January 5, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

The Center will consider proposals in three general categories.


Traditional Research Projects

Any topic related to water resources in Maryland will be considered. Cooperative programs involving U.S. Geological Survey personnel are encouraged (Click here for list of personnel in the USGS Water Center for MD/DE/DC). All proposals submitted to the MWRRC will receive external peer review.

It is expected that the total MWRRC contribution will be $16,000 to $35,000. Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. Prospective PIs are encouraged to contact the Center director if they have questions about matching funds.

Proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed by January 5, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Research proposals are to be submitted by email to the Center Director, Dr. Kaye Brubaker, kbru<at>umd.edu. Include “2020 104(b)” in the subject line. Instructions for proposal preparation are available in PDF form (RFP-MWRRC-104b-2020_rev1). Worksheet templates are available in MS Word Format (docx).

Targeted Research Topic for FY 2020: Fish Passage

An opportunity exists for a qualified researcher or team to work in partnership with Maryland agencies on the topic of fish passage in streams. Due to changing geomorphic and hydraulic conditions, many barriers exist today throughout the State.  State agencies have invested heavily in projects intended to improve fish passage at barrier or blockage locations.  However, the long-term success of these projects has been varied. The goal of the FY2020 partnership is to investigate the hydraulic and geomorphic factors associated with good passage, marginal passage, and non-passage. Various data are available from state and federal agencies.

Proposals in response to this topic should demonstrate (a) knowledge of fishery issues in Maryland and (b) creative ideas for characterizing the hydraulic and geomorphic properties of stream reaches associated with different levels of fish passage or non-passage. Although monitoring and restoration/retrofit are not within the scope of the 2020 call, it is anticipated that the results will be applicable to future monitoring protocols and design, and PIs are encouraged to think in broad terms about such potential applications.

Agencies are prepared to support the research with staff time, which will be offered as in-kind cost-share and can be use to satisfy the 104(B) program’s non-federal cost-share requirement. Details remain to be determined; for planning purposes, PIs who propose research on this topic may include $5,000 as the estimated in-kind agency contribution in their budgeting. If a proposal to this topic is selected for funding, the Center and the agencies will work with the PI to finalize their budget before the MWRRC’s FY 2020 request is forwarded to the USGS.


Seed Grants

Seed grants range from $3,000 to $6,000. This program solicits proposals aimed at developing exploratory projects, with the deliverable being a major proposal for submission to another agency. Funds are to be used for preliminary experiments or for faculty release time.

Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. Proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed by January 5, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Seed grant proposals are to be submitted by email to the Center Director, Dr. Kaye Brubaker, kbru<at>umd.edu. Include “2020 104(b)” in the subject line. Instructions for proposal preparation, tailored to the MWRRC, are available in PDF form (RFP-MWRRC-104b-2020_rev1). The budget and budget explanation appendices are available as worksheets/templates in MS Word Format (docx).


Summer Graduate Student Support

A major mission of the Water Resources Research Institutes and Centers is to help develop the new generation of water experts and leaders. The MWRRC is interested in interacting with a broad spectrum of students conducting research relevant to the State’s water resources. As a step toward accomplishing this goal, the Center accepts proposals for Graduate Research Fellowships of $6,000 each for Summer 2020.  All areas related to water resources research will be considered. The student’s advisor is expected to arrange matching funds (2:1 matching:MWRRC) for the fellowship awards. The funds may be used as either summer salary/stipend or fellowship; students are encouraged to discuss arrangements with their advisors and prepare a budget in accordance with their institution’s practices. Awards are made competitively.

Follow this link for Details on Summer Graduate Fellowships. Applications must be received at MWRRC by January 5, 2019, 11:59 p.m.


 For further information, contact Dr. Kaye Brubaker kbru<at>umd.edu

The number of projects supported in each category will depend on the quality of the proposed work, response to specific research areas of interest, and availability of funds.

Update on 2019 104(G) Schedule

USGS has received approval to proceed with the February 15 deadline for submitting 104g research pre-proposals to the State Institutes (Maryland Water Resources Research Center for Maryland institutions). The final RFP is not yet available on grants.gov. Please use the linked  draft RFP as a guide for assembling your pre-proposal. Note that the pre-proposals are not submitted to grants.gov; they are collected by the State Institutes. Please email your pre-proposal to Dr. Kaye Brubaker (kbru<“at”>umd.edu) before 5:00 p.m. EST on February 15, 2019, with a subject line clearly identifying your message as a 104(g) pre-proposal.

Note: Pre-proposals do not include detailed budget information; therefore, they do not need to be endorsed/executed by the PI’s Office of Research/Sponsored Programs*. You are asked to provide estimated budget, matching funds, and project duration.

*Note: Although the MWRRC does not require it at this stage, some institutions require review of the pre-proposal by their Office of Research/Sponsored Programs — in particular, to authorize matching funds. Each PI should check with their respective Office.

 

 

Request for Proposals FY 2019 104(B) (State Program)

The MWRRC invites proposals for Fiscal Year 2019 funding under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act.

Investigators from any Maryland institution of higher education are eligible to apply.

The Maryland version of the RFP is linked below. For investigators’ use in proposal preparation, the RFP attachments are also provided in MS Word format.

Applications must be received by January 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

The Center will consider proposals in three categories.


Traditional Research Projects

Any topic related to water resources in Maryland will be considered. Cooperative programs involving U.S. Geological Survey personnel are encouraged (Click here for list of personnel in the USGS Water Center for MD/DE/DC). All proposals submitted to the MWRRC will receive external peer review.

It is expected that the total MWRRC contribution will be $16,000 to $35,000. Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. Prospective PIs are encouraged to contact the Center director if they have questions about matching funds.

Proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed by January 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Research proposals are to be submitted by email to the Center Director, Dr. Kaye Brubaker, kbru<at>umd.edu. Include “2019 104(b)” in the subject line. Instructions for proposal preparation are available in PDF form (Maryland 2019 104(b) RFP). Worksheet templates are available in MS Word format


Seed Grants

Seed grants range from $3,000 to $6,000. This program solicits proposals aimed at developing exploratory projects, with the deliverable being a major proposal for submission to another agency. Funds are to be used for preliminary experiments or for faculty release time.

Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. Proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed by January 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Seed grant proposals are to be submitted by email to the Center Director, Dr. Kaye Brubaker, kbru<at>umd.edu. Include “2019 104(b)” in the subject line. Instructions for proposal preparation, tailored to the MWRRC, are available in PDF form (Maryland 2019 104(b) RFP). The budget and budget explanation appendices are available as worksheets/templates in MS Word format


Summer Graduate Fellowships

A major mission of the Water Resources Research Institutes and Centers is to help develop the new generation of water experts and leaders. The MWRRC is interested in interacting with a broad spectrum of students conducting research relevant to the State’s water resources. As a step toward accomplishing this goal, the Center accepts proposals for Graduate Research Fellowships of $6,000 each for Summer 2018.  All areas related to water resources research will be considered. The student’s advisor is expected to arrange matching funds (2:1 matching:MWRRC) for the fellowship awards.  Normally, the fellowship is paid directly to the student, and fringe benefits are not included; if the PI wishes to pay fringe benefits, they may be included as match. Awards are made competitively.

Follow this link for Details on Summer Graduate Fellowships. Applications must be received at MWRRC by January 7, 2019, 11:59 p.m.


 For further information, contact Dr. Kaye Brubaker kbru<at>umd.edu

The number of projects supported in each category will depend on the quality of the proposed work, response to specific research areas of interest, and availability of funds.

Request for FY2019 104(g) PreProposals (National Competitive Program)

RFP Background

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources will be releasing a request for proposals for matching grants to support research on the topics of:

  • Improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including 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.
  • Quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water; and development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/groundwater management.
  • The evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

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 (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/institutes.html). Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

Pre-proposals must be submitted to your State Institute or Center by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time, February 15, 2019. Invited full proposals to the National Competitive Grants Program must be submitted to the grants.gov internet site at http://www.grants.gov not later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time, May 31, 2019, by the university at which the Institute or Center is located. Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY2019. The Government’s obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Due Dates and Important Information

  • Notice will be sent out when USGS releases the FY2019 RFP.
  • The RFP will be placed on this website/blog.
  • Pre-proposals will be due February 15, 2019.
  • Full proposals will be due May 31, 2019.

Request for FY 2018 Pre-Proposals 104(G) (National Program)

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests pre-proposals for matching grants under section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (Public Law 98-242), as amended by Public Laws 101-397, 104-147, 106-374, and 109-471. The USGS Request For Proposals (RFP) is linked below.

FY2018 104(g) RFP

The goal of this grant program is to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including:

  • 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;
  • development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water;
  • development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and
  • the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

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 (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/institutes.html). Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

Collaboration with USGS and other federal researchers is encouraged; however, federal employees may not receive any compensation under this program. (Click here for list of personnel in the USGS Water Center for MD/DE/DC).

Preproposals from Maryland investigators must be submitted to the Maryland Water Resources Research Center by 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, February 15, 2018.

Preproposals will be reviewed competitively. If Maryland PIs are invited to submit full proposals, they will work with the MWRRC to make the submittal.

Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2018. The U.S. Government’s obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Request for Proposals FY 2018 104(B) (State Program)

The USGS has published the RFP for Fiscal Year 2018 funding under Section 104(b) of the Water Resources Research Act.

Investigators from any Maryland institution of higher education are eligible to apply.

The Maryland version of the RFP is linked below. For investigators’ use in proposal preparation, the RFP attachments are also provided in MS Word format (the information included in these pages must be entered directly into the web site before the proposal is submitted).

Applications must be received by Dec. 22, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

The Center will consider proposals in three categories.


Traditional Research Projects

Any topic related to water resources in Maryland will be considered. Cooperative programs involving U.S. Geological Survey personnel are encouraged (Click here for list of personnel in the USGS Water Center for MD/DE/DC). All proposals submitted to the MWRRC will receive external peer review.

It is expected that the total MWRRC contribution will be $16,000 to $35,000. Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 Matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. Prospective PIs are encouraged to contact the Center director if they have questions about matching funds.

These proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed on the NIWR web site (www.niwr.net) by December 22, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Research proposals are submitted electronically on the NIWR website. Instructions for proposal preparation, tailored to the MWRRC, are available in PDF form (Maryland RFP FY2018). Worksheet templates are available in MS Word format.


Seed Grants

Seed grants range from $3,000 to $6,000. This program solicits proposals aimed at developing exploratory projects, with the deliverable being a major proposal for submission to another agency. Funds are to be used for preliminary experiments or for faculty release time.

Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 Matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. These proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed on the NIWR web site (www.niwr.net) by December 22, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Research proposals are submitted electronically on the NIWR website. Instructions for proposal preparation, tailored to the MWRRC, are available in PDF form (Maryland RFP FY2018). Worksheet templates are available in MS Word format.


Summer Graduate Fellowships

The MWRRC is interested in interacting with a broad spectrum of students conducting research relevant to the State’s water resources. As a step toward accomplishing this goal, the Center accepts proposals for Graduate Research Fellowships of $6,000 each for Summer 2018.  All areas related to water resources research will be considered. Student Advisors are expected to arrange matching funds (2:1 Matching:MWRRC) for the fellowship awards.  Normally, the fellowship is paid directly to the student, and fringe benefits are not included. Awards are made competitively.

Follow this link for Details on Summer Graduate Fellowships. Applications must be received at MWRRC by December 22, 2017, 11:59 p.m.


 For further information, contact Dr. Kaye Brubaker kbru<at>umd.edu

The number of projects supported in each category will depend on the quality of the proposed work, response to specific research areas of interest, and availability of funds.

Maryland RFP FY2018

RFP Attachments in MS Word

 

RFP for a Review of the Potomac River Low Flow Allocation Agreement (proposals due Aug. 4, 2017)

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) is looking for a contractor with experience in water resources policy and law to conduct a review of the Potomac River Low Flow Allocation Agreement.  This agreement, signed in 1978, provides for an allocation of Potomac River water among three water utilities in different jurisdictions when extreme low flows occur and includes an environmental flowby allocation.  After 39 years and some changes in regulations and understanding of water resources, the governing parties of the agreement (Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the United States) determined that a review is desirable to identify potential changes to the agreement.

Please see the PDF document: LFAA Review RFP

MWRRC Funding Year 2017 Announcement (104B – State program)

Proposals for FY 2017 Maryland Water Resources Research Center funds are now being solicited. Note: As of Nov. 17, 2016, our Federal funding — through the the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior — has not yet been committed, but we expect support at or near that of past years.

The Center will consider proposals in three categories.


Traditional Research Projects

Any topic related to water resources in Maryland will be considered. Cooperative programs involving U.S. Geological Survey personnel are encouraged (Click here for list of personnel in the USGS Water Center for MD/DE/DC). All proposals submitted to the MWRRC will receive external peer review.

It is expected that the total MWRRC contribution will be $16,000 to $35,000. Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 Matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. Prospective PIs are encouraged to contact the Center director if they have questions about matching funds.

These proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed on the NIWR web site (www.niwr.net) by January 4, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Research proposals are submitted electronically on the NIWR website. Instructions for proposal preparation, tailored to the MWRRC, are available in PDF form (provisional 2017 Request For Proposals). Worksheet templates are available in MS Word form.


Seed Grants

Seed grants range from $3,000 to $6,000. This program solicits proposals aimed at developing exploratory projects, with the deliverable being a major proposal for submission to another agency. Funds are to be used for preliminary experiments or for faculty release time.

Non-federal matching funds are required in the ratio of 2:1 Matching:MWRRC. Indirect costs are not allowed on the project, but waived indirect costs can be used as matching funds. These proposals must be fully executed by the institutional office of research. All proposals must be filed on the NIWR web site (www.niwr.net) by January 4, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Those that are selected for funding by the MWRRC will be forwarded to the USGS.

Research proposals are submitted electronically on the NIWR website. Instructions for proposal preparation, tailored to the MWRRC, are available in PDF form (provisional 2017 Request For Proposals). Worksheet templates are available in MS Word form.


Summer Graduate Fellowships

The MWRRC is interested in interacting with a broad spectrum of students conducting research relevant to the State’s water resources. As a step toward accomplishing this goal, the Center accepts proposals for Graduate Research Fellowships of $6,000 each for Summer 2017.  All areas related to water resources research will be considered. Student Advisors are expected to arrange matching funds (2:1 Matching:MWRRC) for the fellowship awards.  Normally, the fellowship is paid directly to the student, and fringe benefits are not included. Awards are made competitively.

Follow this link for Details on Summer Graduate Fellowships.


 For further information, contact Dr. Kaye Brubaker kbru<at>umd.edu

The number of projects supported in each category will depend on the quality of the proposed work, response to specific research areas of interest, and availability of funds.

Due Date:  January 4, 2017, 11:59 p.m.