Funding Opportunities

Water Resources Research Act Program National Competitive Grants FY2022 Program Announcement for 104g General Program
Proposals due to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu 4/27/2022

The Fiscal Year 2022 WRRA 104g National Competitive Grants funding announcement (#G22AS00641) is now available

Research Priorities:

  • 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.

Note that the announcement describes how the Water Resources Research Center must submit proposals. Only the WRRC can submit proposals, you must submit your proposal to WRRC.
See instructions on how to prepare your proposal starting on pages 10-14 of the announcement. Make sure you submit the 14 items listed.

Non UMass Amherst Institutions must also submit:

  • Fringe Agreement document
  • Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
  • Signed Subrecipient Commitment Form (if your institution is an FDP institution or a UMass sister campus, you can use the shorted SRCF form)

Proposals must be submitted to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu by 5pm ET on April 27, 2022.


Water Resources Research Act Program National Competitive Grants FY2022 Program Announcement for PER – and POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFAS)
Proposals due to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu 4/27/2022

The Fiscal Year 2022 WRRA 104g National Competitive Grants Program for PFAS (#G22AS00256) is now available

Research Priorities:

  • 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.

Note that the announcement describes how the Water Resources Research Center must submit proposals. Only the WRRC can submit proposals, you must submit your proposal to WRRC.

See instructions on how to prepare your proposal starting on pages 10-14 of the announcement. Make sure you submit the 13 items listed.

Non UMass Amherst Institutions must also submit:

  • Fringe Agreement document
  • Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
  • Signed Subrecipient Commitment Form (if your institution is an FDP institution or a UMass sister campus, you can use the shorted SRCF form)

Proposals must be submitted to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu by 5pm ET on April 27, 2022.


Water Resources Research Act Program National Competitive Grants FY2022 Program Announcement for Aquatic Invasive Species - FY2022 RFP
Proposals due to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu 4/27/2022

The Fiscal Year 2022 WRRA 104g National Competitive Grants Program for Aquatic Invasive Species (#G22AS00255) is now available

Research Priorities:

  • 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.

Note that the announcement describes how the Water Resources Research Center must submit proposals. Only the WRRC can submit proposals, you must submit your proposal to WRRC.

See instructions on how to prepare your proposal starting on pages 10-14 of the announcement. Make sure you submit the 13 items listed.

Non UMass Amherst Institutions must also submit:

  • Fringe Agreement document
  • Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
  • Signed Subrecipient Commitment Form (if your institution is an FDP institution or a UMass sister campus, you can use the shorted SRCF form)

Proposals must be submitted to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu by 5pm ET on April 27, 2022.


USGS Water Resources Research Institute Program - 104b -FY2022 RFP

Proposals due to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu 4/1/2022

The Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center invites research proposals for the U.S. Geological Survey's Annual Water Resources Institute Program for Fiscal Year 2022. 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.

Our RFP and guidelines are available in this PDF document.

Please send an email to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu if you plan to submit, so we can let you know of any changes.

We expect to accept proposals in the amount of $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, and $50,000 for one-year projects.

New this year is the Federal matching requirement of 1:1 (used to be 2:1)

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:

Proposals to UMass must include the following:

  • Summary
    1. Title. Concise but descriptive.
    2. Project Type. Choose from the following: Research, Information Transfer, Information Management System, Education, or Other (please specify).
    3. Focus Categories. Choose a maximum of three focus categories from the list provided, with the most preferred focus category first.
    4. Research Category. Choose from the following the one category that most closely applies: Water Scarcity and Availability, Water Hazards and Climate Variability, Water Quality, Water Policy, Planning, and Socioeconomics, Watershed and Ecosystem Function, Water Technology and Innovation, or Workforce Development and Water Literacy.
    5. Keywords. Enter keywords of your choice that describe the work.
    6. Start Date. Enter the anticipated start date for the project.
    7. End Date. Enter the estimated end date for the project.
    8. Principal investigator(s). Provide name, academic rank, university, email address, and phone number of the principal investigators.
    9. Congressional District of the university where the work is to be conducted.
    10. Abstract. Provide a brief (300 word) description of the problem, methods, and objectives.
  • Proposal Contents (up to 7 pages for $50K proposals, up to 4 pages for smaller proposals, including:)
    11. Statement of regional or State water problem. Include an explanation of the need for the project, who wants it, and why.
    12. Statement of results or benefits. Specify the type of information that is to be gained and how it will be used.
    13. Nature, scope, and objectives of the project, including a timeline of activities.
    14. Methods, procedures, and facilities. Provide enough information to permit evaluation of the technical adequacy of the approach to satisfy the objectives.
    15. Related research. (Research projects only) Provide context for the proposed work in terms of previous and ongoing research, including citations.
    16. Training potential. Estimate the number of graduate and undergraduate students, by degree level, who are expected to receive training in the project.
  • Budget Breakdown and Justification
    (Use the spreadsheet below, fill out Project 1 Tab, include as a table in proposal, and email the file in excel format with your application)
    The project budget shall include detailed information on all cost categories and must clearly identify all estimated project costs. Unit costs shall be provided for all budget items including the cost of work to be provided by contractors or sub-recipients. In addition, applicants shall include a narrative description of the items included in the project budget, including the value of in-kind contributions of goods and services provided to complete the project when cost share is identified to be included.

    1. Budget Breakdown, EXCEL fillable form (Fill out Project 1 Tab only)
    2. Budget Justification, fillable PDF form
    Examples of both successful and rejected budgets are included. An inaccurate or incomplete budget will delay award.
    3. Note on match: Matching funds may contain indirect costs and non-federal salaries and benefits. The applicant’s negotiated indirect cost rate (NICR) may be applied to both qualifying federal and non-federal direct costs, and the result used to satisfy part of the matching requirement under the non-federal share. The NICR shall not be applied to tuition and equipment costs. Federal funds shall not be used to pay indirect costs.
  • Investigator’s qualifications. Include short (no more than 2 pages) biographical sketches of the principal investigator(s)
  • Data Management Plan
    Proposals submitted to USGS must include a supplementary document of no more than four pages labeled "Data Management Plan" (DMP). This supplementary document should describe how the proposal will conform to USGS policy on the dissemination and sharing of research results and associated data. A valid DMP may include only the statement that no detailed plan is needed (e.g. “No data are expected to be produced from this project”), as long as the statement is accompanied by a clear justification. This supplementary document may include:
     the types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project;
     the standards to be used for data and metadata format and content (where existing standards are absent or deemed inadequate, this should be documented along with any proposed solutions or remedies);
     policies for access and sharing including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, or other rights or requirements;
     provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives; and
     plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of free public access to them.
    Additional guidance on data management plans is available from the USGS Data Management web site here: https://www.usgs.gov/products/data-and-tools/data-management/data-management-plans.
  • Signed Assurances Form
  • Signed Matching Funds Commitment Letter

For Non UMass Amherst Institutions:

  • Fringe Agreement document
  • Indirect Cost Rate Agreement
  • Signed Subrecipient Commitment Form (if your institution is an FDP institution or a UMass sister campus, you can use the shorted SRCF form)

Consult the USGS WRRA Program Priorities 2020-2030 circular for details on research priorities and topics.

Questions can be addressed to wrrc[at]umass[dot]edu