FY 2022 USGS 104B Request for Proposals

On February 25, 2022, KWRRI released the FY 2022 Request for Proposals for the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) 104b grant program. This program is targeted toward supporting water-related research efforts conducted by students at universities and colleges in Kentucky. Research priorities include Water Scarcity and Availability; Water Hazards and Climate Variability; Water Quality; Water Policy, Planning, and Socioeconomics; Watershed and Ecosystem Function; Water Technology and Innovation; and Workforce Development and Water Literacy. 

Of note are several changes from prior years. First, the matching requirement has been reduced from 2:1 to 1:1. Second, we will be evaluating proposals in two categories: larger research grants ($10,000 to $20,000) and student research seed grants ($5,000 to $10,000).

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Application materials are linked below. You are required to use the templates provided. Proposal submissions should be submitted to the Institute by email (kwrri@uky.edu).

If you have questions or need additional guidance, we can be reached by email (kwrri@uky.edu).

FY 2022 USGS 104G Request for Proposals

The fiscal year 2022 Water Resources Research Act Program request for applications has been released.  It includes three nationally competitive grant programs:

  1. National Competitive Grants (104g) - $1,500,000 funding available, maximum award $250,000

FY2022 Announcement
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:

  • Abundance, location, and persistence of legacy nutrients: What are the mechanisms that facilitate accumulation and persistence? Where in landscape are they stored and what does that mean for the potential to enter or move through the hydrologic system? What are the methods, time periods, and utility to characterizing “new” versus “old” sources? Do related nutrients persist and move in the same way, and what does this mean for short- and long-term water quality?
  • Trends of integrated processes: How do changes in one aspect of water quantity and availability affect other long-term aspects? For example, how are changes in groundwater identifiable as changes in streamflow patterns? How do changes in streamflow result in changes in water quality?
  • Water Conflict: What are the risks of water conflict as a result of inter-basin transfers driven by water-use behavior, socioeconomic conditions, changing land-use patterns, and climate variability. Aspects for consideration include identification of thresholds, tradeoffs between sectors and(or) communities, conservation opportunities and stakeholder actions, agent-based modeling, relevant laws and regulations, and adaptive management.
     
  1. Aquatic Invasive Species Competitive Grants - $1,000,000 funding available, maximum award $250,000

FY2022 Announcement
The challenges and opportunities that link aquatic invasive species and water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing effect of numerous aquatic invasive species on water quality, water quantity, and aquatic ecosystems. Research is needed to better identify and understand these interactions and to guide management decisions that will help to improve invasive species management and thus reduce effects of invasive species on water resources and aquatic ecosystems at local, regional, and national scales.

Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry:

  • Effects: Improve our understanding of the effects of aquatic invasive species on lakes, rivers, and associated tributaries in the upper Mississippi River basin, including changes to water quantity, water quality, and ecosystem dynamics.
  • Characteristics: Identify physical, biological, and chemical characteristics of water bodies that infer resistance and resilience to the distribution, establishment, and effects of aquatic invasive species in the upper Mississippi River basin. Research is needed to better understand these interactions to guide management decisions that will improve invasive species management and result in positive effects on aquatic ecosystems.
  • Management: Assessment of the detection, spread, and management of aquatic invasive species in the upper Mississippi River basin and the connections to human dimensions, both socially and economically.
     
  1. Per-and polyflouroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Competitive Grants - $1,000,000 funding available, maximum award $250,000

FY2022 Announcement
The challenges and opportunities of understanding the impact of per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances on water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing effect of this group of man-made substances on water quality. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional scale or national scale.

Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry:

  • Novel proxies for PFAS detection and quantification
  • Process-oriented research of PFAS fate, transport, and effects, with emphasis on molecular-level understanding of PFAS precursor transformation, sorption dynamics, or mechanisms of bioaccumulation and(or) biological/ecological effects.
  • Atmospheric transport of PFAS that results in delivery to the hydrologic system via precipitation and runoff at regional or national scales.

For all three requests for proposals, an objective is to 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 strongly encouraged. Collaborative proposals should describe in detail the respective roles of the USGS and the applicant in the proposed work. It is anticipated that in FY2022 the USGS will have internal funds available for modest support of USGS scientists on selected proposals.

Water Resources Research Act Program grants are administered in cooperation between the US Geological Survey and the Water Resources Research Institutes and Centers.  The Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) coordinates applications from universities or colleges in Kentucky. Applications must be submitted to KWRRI by April 30, 5:00 pm EST, to allow time for the KWRRI to prepare and submit the application package. 

Please contact kwrri@uky.edu ASAP if you are considering submission of a proposal or if you have any questions regarding these announcements. 

For more information on the Water Resources Research Act Program and the grant programs, click here