State Water Resources Research Institute Program - Request for Proposals

Posted by GIS talk On Thursday, September 23, 2010
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This is a Request for Proposals for the State Water Resources Research Institute Program. This program, authorized by section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, is a Federal-State partnership which:

* Plans, facilitates, and conducts research to aid in the resolution of State and regional water problems
* Promotes technology transfer and the dissemination and application of research results
* Provides for the training of scientists and engineers through their participation in research
* Provides for competitive grants to be awarded under the Water Resources Research Act

The state water resources research institutes authorized by the Act are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR). NIWR cooperates with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in establishing total programmatic direction, reporting on the activities of the Institutes, coordinating and facilitating regional research and information and technology transfer, and in operating the NIWR-USGS Student Internship Program.

The South Dakota State University Water Resources Institute (SD WRI) is making plans for FY2011 regarding the State Water Resources Institute Program (SWRIP). The Department of Interior has not yet done the official "apportionment" of the funds; therefore, there has not yet been a final determination of the amount to be awarded to each institute under its base grant. We will be proceeding with the assumption that funding will remain at the same level as last year. Last year, the SDSU Water Resources Institute funded five research projects at SDSU totaling approximately $60,000. We will proceed at this time with the assumption that we will again fund research for an approximate total of $60,000 for 3-5 projects. That dollar amount is subject to change, depending on what happens at the Congressional level. Faculty and staff employed at all state-owned universities and colleges are eligible to apply for these grant funds.

The deadline for pre-proposal submission to SD WRI is November 1, 2010. Pre-proposals will be reviewed and those selected for submission to USGS for funding will be notified no later than November 15, 2010 although if no Congressional action has been taken, this date will be pushed back. After review of proposals by the Institute’s Advisory Board, those highest ranked will be funded based on budgets and total research funds available. The Advisory Board has listed a few topics of particular interest for this year’s call: surface water quality, drinking water treatment, agricultural waste treatment, and watershed-scale projects. Full proposals will be due to me at SD WRI no later than December 22, 2010. We are anticipating a start date for these one-year research projects of 3-1-11.

I am attaching files containing the criteria by which pre-proposals will be reviewed, the required formats for pre-proposals and budgets, and an example of a 104b budget. Please use these formats when submitting your pre-proposal. Keep in mind that the 104 Grant program REQUIRES a TWO TO ONE Match (two non-federal dollars per federal dollar awarded). Indirect costs are not allowed on the federal side, but may be used as match. Please keep your pre-proposals to a two page maximum, not including budget sheet and budget justification. Please e-mail your pre-proposals to me in a Word or WordPerfect format.

Please feel free to forward this message to any parties who may be interested in applying for these grant funds who may not have received a copy of this notification. I apologize for any duplicate e-mails. If you have any questions pertaining to this RFP, please feel free to contact me.


Thank you!

Denise Hovland
Program Assistant
Water Resources Institute
SAE 211, Box 2120
Brookings, SD 57007
605-688-4910 (phone)
605-688-4917 (fax)
Denise.Hovland@sdstate.edu


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