Thursday, February 14, 2013

South Dakota Water Resources Institute and USGS 104g Request for Proposals

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the South Dakota Water Resources Institute requests proposals under Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984. We are pleased to announce the fiscal year 2013 104b grant competition. This competitive grant program focuses on: Water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature, i.e., beyond those of concern only to a single State, as well as relating to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary (of the Interior) and the (water resources research) institutes.

More information about the grant program and instructions for proposals are available at Note, that the research priorities for FY 2013 are different from those of previous years.
The objectives of the program are:
  1. Promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues.
  2. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program.
  3. Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water resource fields.
Maximum Grant Size and Duration of Project:
  • Applicants shall not request total federal funds exceeding $250,000 per project.  Each applicant must match each Federal dollar provided to support each proposed project with not less than one dollar from non-federal sources. Federal funds may not be used to pay for indirect costs, but matching funds can be used for indirect costs. To fulfill part of the matching requirement, the applicant's negotiated indirect cost rate may be applied to both federal and non-federal direct costs. The indirect cost rate may not be applied to tuition and equipment costs.
  • Proposed projects may be of 1 to 3 years in duration, with discrete 12-month budget periods.
Proposal contents (see for additional information):
  • Signed matching funds commitment letter
  • Suggested reviewers (up to six reviewers that must be from other states than South Dakota)
  • Project information
  • SF424 Application and SF424B Assurances – these forms will be uploaded to by the South Dakota Water Resources Institute.
Application submission procedure:
Proposals must be filed on the Internet through the Online Program Management System at by 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, Thursday, February 21, 2013 and must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the instructions of that site. Investigators must register and log in at the site to upload the proposal. After filing the proposal the Director of the South Dakota Water Resources Institute will review the proposal. The Director may contact the Principal Investigator to discuss possible clarifications or changes in the proposal. Upon the review and approval, the Director will authorize the proposal to be transferred from NIWR to the National Grants Competition. Supplemental proposal information (Forms SF-424 and SF-424B) will be uploaded to by the South Dakota Water Resources Institute.
Please contact Trista Koropatnicki at 605-688-4910 or for additional questions. Feel free to share this announcement with anyone who may be interested in these grant funds who may not have received this notification.


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