KWRRI Releases Request for Proposals for FY 2021 USGS 104b Grant Program

On August 20, 2020, KWRRI released the FY 2021 Request for Proposals for USGS's 104b grant program. The deadline to apply is October 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Click on "More Information" below to access the RFP and required templates.

KWRRI manages a variety of research projects and provides technical support through contracts with local, state, federal, and non-governmental organizations.

USGS Research Programs

The KWRRI is one of 54 state-level Water Resource Research Institutes of the US Geological Survey (USGS). KWRRI administers several state-level USGS grant programs for water research including the Annual Base Grants (104b) and National Competitive Grants (104g). The Annual Base Grants and National Competitive Grants make up the backbone of the USGS 104 program. More information about these programs can be found on the USGS website here.

USGS 104b Grant Award Program

104

Number of projects funded through the 104B grant program in the last 10 years.

$1.8 million

Total number of dollars spent on 104b supported research in the last ten years

USGS 104b Grant Award Program

One of the most important ways that KWRRI supports research is through the administration of an annual base grant program authorized by the provisions of section 104b of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. Under Section 104b of the Water Resources Research Act, annual base grants are awarded to serve the needs of the state, region and nation by supporting and encouraging research and technology transfer in the area of water resources. Specifically, these grants:

  1. Support the creation of a long-term linkage between universities, state agencies, and federal agencies for the solution of the nation's water problems;
  2. Provide support for a national network of water resources research institutes;
  3. Focus on state and regional water resources problems that can be solved by researchers at academic institutions; and
  4. Support research responsive to priority needs, seed projects, new and emerging career professionals, and quick transfer of results to users.

The current focus of the program is to provide small student enhancement grants to support research on water resource issues in a wide range of disciplines at any of Kentucky’s universities.

The FY 2020 104b Request for Proposals is currently open. Proposals are due October 11, 2019. For more information, visit our Applications Page

USGS 104b Grant Awards

2020-2021

  1. Magnetic Nanoparticles to Remove Arsenite from Water
    • PI: Dr. David Atwood, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky.
    • Co-PI: Shashika Bandara, Graduate Student, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky.
  2. Evaluation of a New Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Sampler for Determining Time-Averaged Concentrations of Cyanotoxins in Kentucky Water Bodies
    • PI: Dr. Elisa D’Angelo, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky.
  3. Aerobic Scope in Kentucky Stream Fishes as a Fitness Indicator of Climate Change Impacts.
    • PI: Dr. Richard Durtsche, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University.
  4. Analysis of Contaminated Karst Groundwater Supplying “Off the Grid” Religious Communities in Southcentral Kentucky
    • PI: Dr. Chris Groves, Crawford Hydrology Laboratory and Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Dr. Margaret Gripshover, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Dr. Pat Kambesis, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Lee Anne Bledsoe, Crawford Hydrology Laboratory and Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
  5. Lawn Establishment in Kentucky: Balancing Green Lawns with Waterbody Eutrophication Risks
    • PI: Dr. Brad Lee, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK.
    • Co-PI: Dr. Gregg Munshaw, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK.
    • Co-PI: Dr. Jason Unrine, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK.
  6. Geophysical Imaging of Ridgetop Wetland-Perched Groundwater Systems
    • PI: Dr. Jonathan Malzone, Department of Geosciences, Eastern Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Dr. John White, Department of Geosciences, Eastern Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Rebecca Moskal, Undergraduate Student, Department of Geosciences, Eastern Kentucky University.
  7. A Comparison of Sedimentation Rates and Hydrological Regimes in Floodplain Wetland Easements and Natural Bottomland Forested Wetlands of Western Kentucky
    • PI: Dr. Jessica B. Moon, Department of Biological Sciences, Murray State University.
  8. Examining Hydrogeological Dynamics of Flooding and Flow Reversals of the Green River and Major Springs of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
    • PI: Dr. Jason Polk, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Matthew Cecil, Graduate Student, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
  9. In-situ 3D Electrical Resistivity Method for Understanding Water Dynamics in Shallow Karst Features
    • PI (Primary): Dr. Junfeng Zhu, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky.
    • PI (Secondary): Dr. James Fox, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky.
    • Co-PI: Bronson McQueen, Undergraduate Student, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky.

2019-2020

  1. Causes and Extent of Elevated Groundwater Methane Concentrations in Eastern Kentucky
    • PI (Primary): Dr. Andrea Erhardt, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Kentucky.
    • PI (Secondary): Dr. Thomas M. Parris, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky.
    • Co-PI: Cristopher Alvarez Villa, MS student, University of Kentucky.
  2. Quantifying the Source of Dissolved Reactive Phosphate in Karst Drainage of the Inner-Bluegrass using Oxygen Isotopes
    • PI: Dr. William Ford, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky.
    • Graduate Assistant: Cory Radcliff, MS Student, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky.
  3. Predicting Harmful Cyanobacteria Blooms in Central Kentucky Lakes
    • PI: Dr. Jason Marion, Department of Environmental Health Science, Eastern Kentucky University.
  4. Development of Buoyant Photocatalysts for Cleaning Contaminated Streams and Water Bodies
    • PI: Dr. Matthew Nee, Department of Chemistry, Western Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Lovence Ainembabazi, MS Student, Department of Chemistry, Western Kentucky University.
  5. Comparison of Water Loss Audit Methodologies in High Loss Kentucky Utilities
    • PI: Dr. Scott Yost, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky.

2018-2019

  1. Assessment of MRSA Presence in Suburban Waste Water Treatment Plant’s Effluent in Lexington, Kentucky.
    • PI: Dr. Gail Montgomery Brion, Department of Civil Engineering, UK.
    • Co-PI: Atena Amirsoleimani, PhD student, Department of Civil Engineering, UK.
  2. Evaluation of Untreated Karst Groundwater as Community Water Sources, Barren and Monroe Counties, Kentucky. 
    • PI: Dr. Chris Groves, Crawford Hydrology Lab, Western Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: LeeAnn Bledsoe, MS, Crawford Hydrology Lab, Western Kentucky University.
    • Co-PI: Cayla Baughn, MSStudent, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
  3. Developing a Threat Assessment and Monitoring Framework for Urban Karst Groundwater Management. 
    • PI: Dr. Jason Polk, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University. 
    • Co-PI: Rachel Kaiser, MS Student, Department of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University.
  4. Water and Solute Movement in a Fragipan Soil as Modified by Ryegrass.
    • PI: Dr. Christopher J. Matocha, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK.
    • Co-PI: Keegan Smith, MS Student, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK.
  5. Phosphorus Contributions to Urban Runoff from Non-Anthropogenic Animal Waste. 
    • PI: Dr. Brad Lee, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK.
    • Co-PI: Dr. Dwayne R. Edwards, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, UK.
    • Co-PI: Dr. Gregg Munshaw, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, UK.
  6. Modeling Impacts of Seasonal Land Cover Change on Fluvial Sediment Loads of the Upper Floyds Fork Watershed, KY.
    • PI: Dr. C. Andrew Day, Department of Geography and Geosciences, University of Louisville.
    • Co-PI: Aimee Downs, USGS.
  7. Evaluating and Addressing Climate Awareness and Water in Kentucky. 
    • PI: Dr. Carmen Agouridis, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, UK.
    • Co-PI: Dr. Lauren Cagle, Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Department of Writing Rhetoric and Digital Studies, UK.

The document USGS 104(b) Grant Program: Kentucky's FY 2018 Projects (PDF, 12 pgs) provides a short synopsis of each project funded in FY 2018. 

Water Resources 104(g) National Research Grant Program

Water Resources 104g National Research Grant Program

The United States Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, provides matching grants to support research on the topics of water supply and water availability. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible. Section 104g 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 include the following:

  1. 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 encouraged and will receive extra weight in the evaluation and selection process. Collaborative proposals should describe in detail the respective roles of the USGS and the applicant in the proposed work. It is anticipated in FY2020 the USGS will have internal funds available for modest support of USGS scientists on selected proposals. Potential applicants seeking collaborative opportunities are encouraged to contact USGS scientists directly (http://water.usgs.gov/nrp/science.php) or Water Science Center Directors (http://water.usgs.gov/district_chief.html).
  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.

The FY 2020 National Competitive Grants Program Announcement (PDF, 33 pgs) has been released. Projects may request up to $250,000 in federal funds for projects up to a three year duration, with a 1:1 matching requirement of non-federal to federal funds. 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):

  • 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.

Full proposals will be due by email to kwrri@uky.edu prior to 5:00 PM ET on March 1, 2020. Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute will then prepare and submit the application package on grants.gov. 

If you plan to submit a proposal, please let us know as soon as possible by email (kwrri@uky.edu).