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.

USGS Water Resources Research Institute Program -104b - FY19 RFP- DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOV. 20, 2018

The Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center invites research proposals for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Annual Water Resources Institute Program for Fiscal Year 2019. Eligible projects include seed projects to develop new and innovative research; research projects that respond to water resources research needs of state or regional importance, including increasing the quality or quantity of water resources; and information transfer activities for water resources protection.

This year, we will fund one request up to $50,000 and two requests up to $5,000. Research awards will preferentially support proposals from untenured faculty and new WRRC collaborators, projects that aim to provide proof of concept support for subsequent proposals, and/or projects with robust broader impacts, particularly with respect to training the next generation of water professionals.

All awards are subject to the federal 2:1 matching requirement. Due date is ***November 20, 2018*** and proposals must be submitted through your institute’s grants and contracts office (including UMass). Awards will be announced by December 21, 2018. The anticipated start date for funded projects is March 1, 2019.

Research Areas
Proposals are invited in all areas of water resources related research including but not limited to USGS priority areas:
1.    Provide water quality and quantity information at high temporal and spatial resolutions nationwide
2.    Advance our knowledge of processes that determine water availability
3.    Predict changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to our changing climate, population, land use, and management scenarios
4.    Anticipate and respond to water-related emergencies
5.    Deliver hydrologic data, timely analyses, and decision-support tools seamlessly across the nation to support water-resource decisions

Selection Criteria
•    Relevance and importance to Massachusetts and the Northeast U.S.
•    Quality of the research plan and support of graduate students
•    MA WRRC funding priorities (start-up projects, new faculty projects)

General Guidelines
•    Applicants must be faculty or staff at Massachusetts Institutions of Higher Education. We will not consider applications from PIs who failed to comply with past reporting requirements (final report will be due May 1, 2020).
•    Budgets must include a $2 non-federal match for each federal dollar.
•    Matching funds must be committed at the time of proposal submission.
•    Indirect costs cannot be charged on federal funds, but can be used as a contribution to the non-federal matching requirement. See budget example
•    Proposed projects can be up to 12 months in duration.
•    Budgets must be approved by your institution’s grants and contracts office.

All proposals must be submitted by email to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu

Proposal Guidelines
Each proposal must include the elements listed below:
•    Summary Information Title, Keywords, Duration, Principal Investigators, Congressional District, Abstract.
•    Proposal Contents (up to 7 pages for $50K, 2 pages for $5K, including):
      - Statement of Critical Regional or State Water Problem
      - Nature, Scope, and Objectives of the Research
•    Budget, including Federal Funds Requested and Non-Federal (matching) Funds Pledged (commitment letter required).
•    Budget Justification (include source of matching funds).

UMass Amherst Proposals:
•    Please read carefully the instructions for UMass Amherst submissions.

Off Campus Proposals (Not UMass Amherst):
•    Complete application and have your Grants and Contracts office email it to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu with scanned copies of:
•    Signed Federal Certifications and Assurances Form,
•    Matching Funds Commitment Letter from the University's Grants and Contracts Office.
•    Your grants and contracts office must state in the email that they approve the proposal including budget and budget justification.
•    Note that if your proposal is selected, we will need all paper originals mailed to our office by January 1, 2019.

If you plan to submit a proposal, a courtesy email to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu with your general topic would be appreciated so we can line up reviewers.

Any questions may be addressed to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu or called in to WRRC Interim Director Marie-Françoise Hatte at 413-545-5531

Final MA WRRC awards are contingent upon Congressional approval of FY 2019 funding for the National Water Institute Program.

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.