Funding Opportunities

319 Non-Point Source Pollution Competitive Grants Program

Request for Responses to be issued on or about April 2, 2020 at

One Pre-RFR meeting will be held at MassDEP's Central Regional Office, 8 new Bond Street, Worcester, MA on March 5,2020, 10:00 am - noon, SuAsCo Room (snow date March 12, 2020)

USGS Water Resources Research Institute Program - 104g -FY20 RFP

Proposals due to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu 3/8/2020


The FY2020 National Competitive Grants (104g) RFP for Water Resources Research has been posted on the USGS WRRA web site and can be downloaded as a PDF file

Please be aware that USGS is not asking for pre-proposals this year and is requesting full proposals only, limited to four high priority research areas as written in the RFP. USGS will not consider proposals that are submitted for hydrologic research that do not address these areas.

The due date for full proposals in will be March 19, 2020.

Due date to the Massachusetts WRRC is March 8 2020, as we have to enter all the proposals into the USGS system including and then have them approved by the UMass grants and contracts office.

Please email your proposal packet to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu on or before March 8, 2020 and include:

  • Proposal Summary (Title; Federal Funds Requested, Proposed Cost Share funds, Proposal start and end dates, Focus Categories, Research Category*, PI, Co-PIs, and Abstract).
  • Full Proposal Narrative (Title, Statement of regional, interstate, or multi-state water problem, Statement of results or benefits, Nature, scope, and objectives of the project, including a timeline of activities, Methods, procedures, and facilities, Related research, Training potential, Statement of Government involved, Information Transfer Plan, Literature Citations/References)
  • PIs' 2-page CVs
  • Data Management Plan for the project
  • Matching commitment letter
  • Budget breakdown - please use this EXCEL fillable form (ignore the IPETT ID Number)
  • Budget justification - please use this fillable PDF form. Be sure to include details! If requesting travel funds, break down the request into each item (airfare, registration, per diem, mileage, lodging, etc.)

These files can be PDFs, but we appreciate getting the original files in Word and Excel for ease of transcription into the USGS IPETT website.


*Research Categories:

Social Science

Groundwater Flow and Transport

Water Quality

Biological Sciences


Climate and Hydrologic Processes

Water Scarcity and Availability

Water Hazards and Climate Variability

Water Policy, Planning, and Socioeconomics

Watershed and Ecosystem Function

Water Technology and Innovation

Workforce Development and Water Literacy


Questions can be addressed to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu or to Marie-Françoise Hatte at 413-545-5531