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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.

2020 Aquatic Invasive Species Research Competition

The USGS, in collaboration with the National Institutes for Water Resources has issued a call for proposals to support research on the real and growing impact of numerous aquatic invasive species on water quality and quantity in the Upper Mississippi Basin. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in Vermont is eligible to apply for a grant related to this topic through the Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center.

All proposed research must pertain to Aquatic Invasive Species related to hydrodynamics, water quality, and/or social science in the Upper Mississippi River basin to be considered.

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.

Applications including complete proposals must be submitted to Julianna White ( at the Vermont Water Center. Please contact Julianna with questions and/or intent to apply by May 22, 2020. Please send completed proposals to Julianna by June 1, 2020. 



Annual State Water Resources 104b Research Competition - NOW CLOSED

The Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center welcomes 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.  Proposals may support research on physical, biological, chemical, social, or engineering aspects of water quality or quantity or outreach, education, training, and other information-transfer opportunities. All proposals should justify project plans based on current needs, as documented in national, regional, and especially state science and technology overviews.

Projects are supported on an annual basis, with the possibility of adding subsequent years on an annual basis. The project year is March 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021, contingent on federal and Congressional funding.

Please access the request for proposals, budget template, and draft data management plan below.  Deadline for submission is October 7, 2019.  Contact the Vermont Water Center with questions.



National Competitive Grants 104g - NOW CLOSED

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 104g opportunity is a national, competitive grants program that differs in important ways from the Vermont state-based 104b program with which you may be more familiar.

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 the following topics:

  • expanding and enhancing the use of hydrologic monitoring and data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools to provide state-of-the-art flood and drought forecasts and to drive emergency- and water-management decision support systems;
  • exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources such as drought, snow pack, and/or changes in runoff regimes;
  • development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows; and
  • exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs), with focus on innovations in monitoring the occurrence of HABs and algal toxins, research on factors that result in algal toxin production, and improvements in near-real time modeling and forecasting of toxin-producing blooms.

The 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, such that a Statement of Government Involvement (a detailed description of the role and responsibilities of the federal collaborator) is part of the proposal, and the USGS employee may separately request $40,000 to support the project.

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 March 9, 2020 to the Vermont Water Center (email so that the Vermont Water Center can submit the proposals to by the deadline of March 19.  Letters of interest to the Vermont Water Center are welcome, but optional.  Please direct all questions to


For more information on Requests for Proposals

Contact the Vermont Water Center:

Julianna White