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The Vermont Water Center issues a call for proposals each year. Two types of awards are available - the annual state award (104b) and the national competitive award (104g), with different submission deadlines and requirements.

National Competitive Grants 104g - Due April 26, 2022 to the Vermont Water Center

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 104g opportunity is a national, competitive grants program; it differs in important ways from the long-running state-based 104b.

The USGS, in collaboration with the National Institutes for Water Resources, has issued a call for proposals for its National Competitive Grants (104g) program for research on 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 priorities:

  • Abundance, location, and persistence of legacy nutrients: What are the mechanisms that facilitate accumulation and persistence? Where in the 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.

Proposals may be for up to $250,000 for one to three years of work, and they require one-to-one matching with non-federal funds. Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged.

Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply, but must apply to a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended, including researchers at the University of Vermont.

Proposals are due by April 26, 2022 to the Vermont Water Center (email julianna.m.white@uvm.edu) so that the Vermont Water Center can submit the proposals through Grants.gov by May 10. Please let Julianna White know if you intend to apply and direct all communications to her at julianna.m.white@uvm.edu.

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Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Substances Competitive Grants - Due April 26, 2022 to the Vermont Water Center -

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 impact of this group of human-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; and/or
  • Atmospheric transport of PFAS that results in delivery to the hydrologic system via precipitation and runoff at regional or national scales.

Proposals may be for up to $250,000 for one to three years of work, and they require one-to-one matching with non-federal funds. Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged.

Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply but must apply to a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended, including the University of Vermont.

Proposals are due by April 26, 2022 to the Vermont Water Center (email julianna.m.white@uvm.edu) so that the Vermont Water Center can submit the proposals via Grants.gov by May 10. Please let Julianna White know if you intend to apply, and please direct communications to her at julianna.m.white@uvm.edu.

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Annual State Water Resources 104b Research Competition

We are pleased to announce the FY 2022 Request for Proposals. This year, the cost share (match) budget requirement has been reduced from $2 matching for each $1 federal, to $1 matching for each $1 federal (a 1:1 match). This is a major benefit to prospective PIs.

The Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center welcomes graduate student research and faculty research proposals focusing on critical water resources science and management needs in Vermont, including the Connecticut River basin and the Lake Champlain basin, from investigators based at an institute of higher education in Vermont. The Vermont Water Center especially welcomes proposals from professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color and from early-career professionals.

The 104b program will consider proposals to support research, outreach, education, training, and other information-transfer activities focused on physical, biological, chemical, social (equity), or engineering aspects of water quality or quantity. Water equity research examines the causes and impacts of water-related disparities, develops or evaluates tools or strategies to improve water equity, or provides scientific information to benefit underserved communities. All proposals should justify project plans based on current needs, as documented in national, regional, and especially state science and technology overviews, and they should describe how results will be disseminated to water managers and the public, inclusive of economically disadvantaged and diverse populations. Proposals that address issues in historically marginalized or underserved communities are highly encouraged.

Projects are supported on an annual basis, with the possibility of adding subsequent years on an annual basis. The project year is September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023, contingent on federal and Congressional funding.

March 14, 2022: Deadline to send intent to submit proposals by emailing Julianna White (julianna.m.white@uvm.edu)

March 28, 2022: Deadline for proposal submission to the Vermont Water Center (julianna.m.white@uvm.edu

Please access the request for proposals, budget justification, budget template, and data management plan below. Contact julianna.m.white@uvm.edu with questions.

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For more information on Requests for Proposals

Contact the Vermont Water Center:

Julianna White
julianna.m.white@uvm.edu