Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station [The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute]

Water Resources Research Institute Funding Opportunities

NJWRRI Funding through New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH)

Junior Faculty-Initiated Projects - Fiscal Year 2019

The New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute (NJWRRI) invites proposals for research addressing water resource issues in the state. We expect to fund one to two research projects conducted by junior faculty. The mission of the NJWRRI is to fund research that addresses critical water resource problems in New Jersey, and by so doing, to produce the water resource professionals needed to protect and manage water in our increasingly crowded state.

Specifically, funding has been made available through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey Departments of Health (NJDOH) and Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to reduce hazardous exposures from private drinking water wells. To this end, NJWRRI especially encourages proposals from junior faculty to develop research programs targeting priority private drinking water issues.

Up to two projects are to be funded at a level up to $15,000 per project for FY2019. Three types of projects are invited: a) research projects which address unanswered questions in human exposure including treatment effectiveness or health impacts from residential private well drinking water contamination including but not limited to arsenic, radionuclides, microbiological, unregulated, and other emerging contaminants of interest and/or climate vulnerabilities and private wells; b) information transfer projects which explore and develop novel methods of communicating private well water information to the public and c) assessment projects regarding well water treatment and mitigation.

*The call for proposals is OPEN. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, June 28, 2019 by 5:00 pm.


NJWRRI Funding through USGS

Graduate Student Grants-In-Aid - Fiscal Year 2019

Up to five awards of up to $5,000 each will be funded. These funds are intended to allow graduate students to pursue research that is not supported by other grant funds, or to carry out preliminary research to develop fundable thesis projects. The funds can be used for research assistant support, travel, supplies, or other direct research expenses. The student will be expected to present the results of the research at a regional or national scientific meeting. Proposals are selected for their relevance to New Jersey's water resources and for the scientific merit and the promise of future productivity.

Junior Faculty-Initiated Projects - Fiscal Year 2019

Up to two projects of up to $20,000 each will be funded. This funding is intended to support junior faculty (i.e., postdoctoral associate and/or assistant professor) for a major study. The investigator should indicate how the funding will act as a "seed grant" to spur the development of a larger research program on water resource problems and what other sources of funding may be availble or may be sought to continue the research. All projects are selected based on their relevance to New Jersey's water resources.

View summaries of research funded in FY 2002 - 2018.

The call for proposals is closed. The deadline for submission of proposals was Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by 12 p.m., noon.


National Institutes for Water Resources Funding

NIWR-USGS National Competitive Grants Program - Fiscal Year 2019


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 evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management, and replacement; exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water; development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

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 ( 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. Preproposals must be submitted to your State Institute or Center by 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, February 15, 2019 and invited full proposals to the National Competitive Grants Program must be submitted to the internet site at not later than 5:00 PM Eastern Time, May 31, 2019 by the university at which the Institute or Center is located. Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2019. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

View summaries of research funded in FY 2002 - 2017.

The call for preproposals is closed. The deadline for submission of preproposals was Friday, February 15, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

DRAFT FY2019 Call for Preproposals

If you intend to submit a preproposal please contact NJWRRI/Christopher Obropta at




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