NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR WATER RESOURCES U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 

WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH NATIONAL COMPETITIVE GRANTS PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT FY 2014 

Abstract 

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including (but not limited to) enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development and evaluation of warning systems for extreme hydrological events, integrated management of ground and surface waters, and the resilience of public water supplies. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and in coping with extreme hydrologic conditions. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center established under the provisions of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended (http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/institutes.html). Proposals involving substantial collaboration between the USGS and university scientists are encouraged. Proposals may be for projects of one to three 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. Approximately $1 million is available under this program in FY 2014. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Proposals must be filed on the Internet at https://niwr.net/ by 3 p.m., Central Standard Time, Thursday, February 20, 2014. For Wisconsin applicants, a submission on the NIWR website is NOT considered complete unless the application has been approved by the University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute. Approval requires an applicant to provide a matching commitment letter and proof of administrative approval by the applicant’s department and dean’s office for UW-Madison, or campus approval for applicants from Wisconsin higher education institutions other than UW-Madison.

For UW-Madison applicants this means a WISPER record needs to be created and a matching commitment letter attached to the WISPER record. A copy of the budget that is submitted at the NIWR website also needs to be attached to the WISPER record. The proposal narrative does not have to be attached to the WISPER record. The record then needs to be routed through the associated dean/director office and then to Dan Marklein (WISPER user MARKEIN, DANIEL J, marklein@aqua.wisc.edu). WISPER records should NOT be routed to the SPO (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs). After the Water Resources Institute approves the proposal and matching commitment, Water Resources Director James Hurley’s name will be added as the administrative principal investigator. A Grants.gov file containing the SF-424 will be prepared by Water Resources and associated with the WISPER record that will then be routed to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. In summary, a WISPER record with matching commitment letter and budget attached will be created by the applicant’s department and routed through the applicant’s dean’s office. The dean’s office should then route the record to Dan Marklein (not Research and Sponsored Programs). This must occur prior to 3 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 20, 2014.

Applicants from campuses other than UW-Madison must provide a document showing that administrative approval has been received from someone authorized to sign-off for that institution. This authorization must include a separate matching commitment letter indicating how the matching requirement will be met and a copy of the budget that is submitted at the NIWR website. An email from the authorized representative for the applicant’s campus with the matching commitment letter and budget as an attachment is acceptable. The matching commitment letter and budget must be separate documents (not incorporated into the body of the email). Also acceptable would be any transmittal form or sponsored research offices’ forms that show approval has been obtained along with the matching commitment letter and budget as attachments. Any non-Madison campus applicants using the WISPER proposal routing application should route the WISPER record through their channels, including their sponsored research office (SPO) and then generate an electronic copy of the WISPER record to send as an attachment along with the matching commitment letter and budget. The WISPER record should NOT be transmitted to NIWR. Materials should be emailed to: Dan Marklein, Water Resources Institute at marklein@aqua.wisc.edu. The approval email and any attachments must arrive by 3 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 20, 2014. The proposal narrative does not need to be included since it is submitted by the applicant on the NIWR website and not necessary to demonstrate administrative approval.

All applicants should note that there is language on the NIWR website and in the RFP on submitting a Federal Form SF-424 via Grants.gov. Applicants do NOT need to be concerned with this step. The Water Resources Institute will prepare the SF-424 and submit it on behalf of applicants to Grants.gov.

To obtain a copy of the RFP, please go to https://niwr.net/public/get_RFP?type=104G&year=2014









 


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