Funding Opportunities

USGS Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program - 104g -FY19 RFP- Due 2/15/2019

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants 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 Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a grant through the Massachusetts Water Research Center.

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. Preproposals must be submitted to WRRC  by 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, February 15, 2019 and invited full proposals to the National Competitive Grants Program must be submitted to the internet site at not later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time, May 31, 2019 by UMass Amherst. Full Draft RFP and Instructions.

Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2019. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.


Massachusetts Environmental Trust FY2020 Drive for a Better Environment Grants Program

MET's Request for Responses is open, full proposals are due December 15, 2018.


  • Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration and Enhancement: The Trust seeks project applications that will restore and improve aquatic ecosystems that benefit estuarine and river habitat and species coupled with enhancement of recreational fishing areas; and increased understanding of the aquatic environment and the effects of human activities upon them.  Some preference will be given to cold-water species and rivers of concern in the central and western regions of the state and underserved areas of the commonwealth.