FY2023 Water Resources Research Institute Program Funding Opportunities

The New Hampshire Water Resources Research Center (NH WRRC) is accepting applications for the FY 2023 State Water Resources Research Institute Program grant (Section 104 of the Water Resources Act). 

Please see the 2023 NH WRRC announcement, the 2023 USGS RFP and the budget templates for further details.  The final 2023 USGS RFP was released in April and the 2022 USGS RFP was used as a guide in the interim. If you plan to submit a proposal, please send a courtesy message to nh.wrrc@unh.edu by March 20, 2023 so that we can arrange for reviewers. Please include the provisional title, principal investigator(s) and if possible, please suggest two or more potential technical reviewers with whom you have no conflicts of interest. Proposals must be emailed to the NH WRRC (nh.wrrc@unh.edu) no later than Monday, March 27, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.  The anticipated budget year is from September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024. The federal budget requested (maximum of $30,000 in total direct costs) must be matched by one non-federal dollar for each federal dollar requested.


The New Hampshire Water Resources Research Center (NH WRRC) is accepting applications for the FY 2023 National Water Resources Research Institute Program grants. 

The USGS Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) program has announced 3 new requests for proposals for the FY2023 104g national competition:

Those interested in applying or learning more may view a webinar recording or slides

These competitive 104g grant programs focus on “water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary of the Interior and the water resources research institutes.” The due date for submissions to the NH Water Resources Research Center is 5:00 pm Friday April 14, 2023.  NH PIs should submit proposals to nh.wrrc@unh.edu (do not submit via grants.gov). Please also send nh.wrrc@unh.edu a courtesy email by April 7, 2023 if you intend to submit a full proposal so that we can be prepared to work with you to meet the April 27, 2023 deadline to grants.gov.  Please see the RFPs (see above), attachments and visit the USGS homepage or application information page for further details about these programs. 

These program objectives are to: a) promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists, b) promote the dissemination and application of research results and c) Assist in the training of scientists (students or early career faculty) in relevant water-resource fields. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning is eligible to apply. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources.

The National Competitive Grants General Program solicits proposals on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, as well as promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. Maximum award request is $310,000 in federal funds. Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned):

  • National-scale evaluation of water budget: Retrospective or predictive analyses using hydroclimate-forcing data sets, with emphasis on CONUS404, which was developed in a USGS-NCAR collaboration. Additional guidance includes
    • Emphasis on prediction of water-budget components through a variety of interpretive approaches
    • Incorporation of how uncertainty in hydroclimate-forcing propagates to water budget components
    • Consideration of both retrospective and projected conditions
    • Rasmussen, R.M., Liu, C., Ikeda, K., Chen, F., Kim, J., Schneider, T., Gochis, D., Dugger, A., and Viger, R., 2023, Four-kilometer long-term regional hydroclimate reanalysis over the conterminous United States (CONUS), 1979-2020: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9PHPK4F
  • Socieoeconomics: Integrate ongoing USGS research and data collection in order to assess socioeconomic and ecological vulnerability to compounding extreme events and develop adaptation measures. This proposed project should undertake new research (e.g., Water Use and Social and Economic Drivers Program) to understand the vulnerability of urban (e.g., trans-basin diversions), agricultural (e.g., reservoir management), and ecological (e.g., endangered species) water-use sectors to drought and compounding hazards such as wildfire. Additional guidance includes:
    • Provide a quantifiable portfolio of risk for water-use sectors (including ecological and socio-economic)
    • Develop climate futures and planning scenarios for relevant institutions: management, communities, other institutions

The National Competitive Grants PFAS program - The challenges and opportunities of understanding the effects of per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances on water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing effect of this group of man-made substances on water quality and the resultant exposure to humans, other organisms, and ecosystems. Research is needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional or national scale. Maximum award request is $279,000 in federal funds. Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned):

  • Media-specific methods: Enhanced methods for detection on specific media, with a clear indication of
    • new or different compounds
    • new or different methodological approaches
    • lower detection levels for specific media or compounds, especially with respect to EPA health guidelines for PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) and PFOS (Perfluorooctane Sulfonate)
    • Media of interest include (in ranked order) (1) Tissues/plasma, (2) sediment, (3) air or interfaces, (4) water.
  • Atmospheric sources: Improved understanding of atmospheric exchange in PFAS distribution and fate. This may include methods to determine transport of PFAS to the atmosphere and to subsequent receiving waters, such as a water method that determines "new" compounds based on their likelihood to occur in the atmosphere.
  • Processes oriented at molecular level: 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.