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

Water Resources Research Institute Funding Opportunities

NJWRRI Funding

Graduate Student Grants-In-Aid

Five to six awards of up to $5,000 each. 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.

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of research funded in FY 2015.

*Call for Proposals for Fiscal Year 2017 is now CLOSED. The deadline for submission of proposals was Friday, October 21, 2016.

Junior Faculty-Initiated Projects

Two to three projects to be funded at a level of up to $20,000 per project. This funding is intended to support adequate staff and research costs 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 2015.

*Call for Proposals for Fiscal Year 2017 is now CLOSED. The deadline for submission of proposals was Friday, October 21, 2016.

National Institutes for Water Resources Funding

NIWR-USGS National Competitive Grants Program


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, 2017 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, June 1, 2017 by the university at which the Institute or Center is located. Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2017. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

View summaries of research funded in FY 2015.

Call for Preproposals for Fiscal Year 2017 is now CLOSED. The deadline for submission of preproposals was Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

FY2017 Call for Preproposals

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


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