State Water Resources Research Institute Program (WRRI)

National Competitive Grants

General Information

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources supports an annual call for proposals to focus on water problems and issues that are of a regional or interstate nature or relate to a specific program priority identified by the Secretary of the Interior and the Institutes.

The goals of the National Competitive Grants program are to promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues; promote the dissemination and results of the research funded under this program; and to assist in the training of scientists in water resources.

Funding for this program is around 1 million dollars in federal funds per year that are required to be matched with non-federal dollars. 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. Successful research topics have included research on improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, developing innovative approaches to water treatment, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs; development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water; developing approaches for integrated management of ground and surface waters; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.

YearInstituteTitlePIsFunding
2014IADevelopment of a Comprehensive Hazard to Loss Modeling Methodology for the Residential Damage Associated with Inland Flooding from North Atlantic Tropical CyclonesGabriele Villarini, Jeffery Czajkowski, Erwann MichelKerjanFederal: $248,556
Non-Federal: $249,182
2014INCan there ever be enough? Analysis of the adoption, penetration and effectiveness of urban stormwater best management practicesLaura Bowling, Linda ProkopyFederal: $246,254
Non-Federal: $246,324
2014MDEnvironmental Concentrations and Exposure Effects of Environmental Gestagens on a Sentinel Teleost FishEdward Orlando, Michael Meyer, Patrick PhillipsFederal: $238,055
Non-Federal: $238,811
2014NENitrate Mediated Mobilization of Naturally Occurring Uranium in GroundwaterKarrie Weber, Daniel SnowFederal: $230,839
Non-Federal: $236,661
2012ALSubmarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) Dynamics at the Gulf Shores of Alabama: Characterization of Nutrient Loading and Saltwater Intrusion using Numerical Modeling Constrained by Geophysical Field DataGeoffrey Tick, Natasha DimovaFederal: $35,885
Non-Federal: $35,893
2012IAWatershed scale water cycle dynamics in intensively managed landscapes: bridging the knowledge gap to support climate mitigation policiesThanos Papanicolaou, Keith Schilling, Douglas Schnoebelen, Christopher WilsonFederal: $154,513
Non-Federal: $155,554
2012MNUnderstanding Pesticide Photolysis in Prairie Potholes for Water Management StrategiesWilliam ArnoldFederal: $102,681
Non-Federal: $102,686
2012NYThe Remote Monitoring of Surface Velocity, Bathymetry, and DischargeEdwin CowenFederal: $91,894
Non-Federal: $91,935
2012ORBiological drivers of freshwater cyanobacterial harmful algal bloom extremes assessed via next-generation DNA sequencing technologyTheo DreherFederal: $243,835
Non-Federal: $246,791
2012WVModeling the hydrologic response in surface mining watersheds with redesigned reclamation practicesLeslie Hopkinson, Ben Mack, John QuarantaFederal: $224,690
Non-Federal: $224,802
2011ALForecasting toxic cyanobacterial blooms throughout the southeastern U.S.Alan Wilson, Kevin Schrader, Russell WrightFederal: $247,891
Non-Federal: $262,722
2011COWater Quality Impacts of the Mountain Pine Beetle Infestation in the Rocky Mountain West: Heavy Metals and Disinfection Byproducts John McCray, Reed MaxwellFederal: $140,162
Non-Federal: $140,259
2011ILDetermining the Fate and Toxicity of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Associated with Coal-Tar and Other Carbonaceous Material Particles in Urban LakesCharles Werth, Michael PlewaFederal: $249,949
Non-Federal: $298,300
2011KSAquifer Storage and Recovery in Near-Surface Aquifers: Development of a New Recharge Approach Using Small-Diameter, Low-Cost WellsGaisheng Liu, Andrea Brookfield, James Butler, Marios Sophocleous, Donald Whittemore, Andrew ZieglerFederal: $177,336
Non-Federal: $178,610
2011NJDrought and Flood in the Eastern USJames Smith, Justin Sheffield, Eric WoodFederal: $249,416
Non-Federal: $249,416
2010AZImproving Hydrologic Investigations through Multi-Model Analysis and Discriminatory Data Collection Paul FerreFederal: $122,136
Non-Federal: $122,140
2010LAHierarchical Multimodel Saltwater Intrusion Remediation and Sampling Designs: A BMA Tree ApproachFrank Tsai, Jeff HanorFederal: $217,645
Non-Federal: $228,868
2010OKScale Dependent Phosphorus Leaching in Alluvial FloodplainsGarey Fox, Brian Haggard, Todd Halihan, Phil Hays, Chad Penn, Andrew Sharpley, Daniel StormFederal: $200,000
Non-Federal: $200,000
2010TXInstitutional Mechanisms for Accessing Irrigation District WaterRon GriffinFederal: $102,443
Non-Federal: $102,724
2010VADenitrifying bacterial community structure and diversity, and denitrification potential as affected by hydrologic design and soil properties in wetlands created in Chesapeake Piedmont, USA Changwoo AhnFederal: $60,396
Non-Federal: $60,402
2010WIImplications of Climate Change and Biofuel Development for Great Lakes Regional Water Quality and QuantityAnita Thompson, Bruno Basso, Mike Fienen, David Hyndman, Randall Jackson, K. Karthikeyan, Anthony Kendall, Brian LeporeFederal: $247,563
Non-Federal: $284,450
2009COAdjoint Modeling to Quantify Stream Flow Changes Due to Aquifer PumpingRoseanna NeupauerFederal: $117,847
Non-Federal: $121,998
2009MACharacterizing and Quantifying Recharge at the Bedrock InterfaceDavid Boutt, Stephen MabeeFederal: $174,490
Non-Federal: $181,817
2009NJDoes urbanization decrease baseflow? A historical, empirical analysis in the coastal states of Eastern United StatesJoshua Galster, Kirk BarrettFederal: $82,489
Non-Federal: $87,935
2009OKEastern redcedar encroachment and water cycle in tallgrass prairie Chris Zou, Dave Engle, Sam Fuhlendorf, Don Turton, Rodney Will, Kim WintonFederal: $226,890
Non-Federal: $286,511
2009TXHydrological Drought Characterization for Texas under Climate Change, with Implications for Water Resources Planning and ManagementVijay Singh, Ashok MishraFederal: $235,148
Non-Federal: $242,866
2009TXThe Role of Epikarst in Controlling Recharge, Water Quality and Biodiversity in Karst Aquifers: A Comparative Study between Virginia and TexasBenjamin SchwartzFederal: $59,300
Non-Federal: $59,299
2007CAImproving aquifer storage recovery operation to reduce nutrient load and benefit water supplyAndrew Fisher, Marc Los Huertos, Charles WheatFederal: $242,508
Non-Federal: $311,431
2007CAA Bayesian approach to snow water equivalent reconstructionNoah Molotch, Steven MargulisFederal: $61,312
Non-Federal: $62,102
2007GAMulti-Scale Investigation of Seawater Intrusion and Application in Coastal GeorgiaJian Luo, Jian LuoFederal: $194,083
Non-Federal: $194,346
2007INNutrient and carbon delivery to streams in artificially drained landscapes of the Midwest: matrix flow, overland flow or macropore flow?Philippe Vidon, Nancy Baker, Jeffrey FreyFederal: $129,042
Non-Federal: $131,041
2007MDIntegration of Stormwater Management Ponds into Urban Communities: Long-term Water Quality Protection, Wildlife, and Environmental AwarenessJoel Snodgrass, Ryan Casey, Edward Landa, Steven LevFederal: $187,474
Non-Federal: $187,690
2006ILEvaluating Alternatives for Watershed-Scale Design of BMPsJohn NicklowFederal: $90,948
Non-Federal: $91,755
2006MNApplication of Wireless and Sensor Technologies for Urban Water Quality ManagementWilliam Arnold, Miki Hondzo, Raymond Hozalski, Paige NovakFederal: $149,176
Non-Federal: $150,482
2006NDCollaborative Research on In Situ Denitrification and Glyphosate Transformation in Ground Water: NAWQA Eastern Iowa Basins Study UnitScott Korom, Paul CapelFederal: $91,988
Non-Federal: $91,988
2006NMValidation, Calibration, and Improvement of Remote Sensing ET Algorithms in Mountainous RegionsJan Hendrickx, Jan KleisslFederal: $74,795
Non-Federal: $74,795
2006TXAn Econometric Investigation of Urban Water Demand in the U.S.Ron GriffinFederal: $103,683
Non-Federal: $104,972
2006VAGrant No. 06HQGR0189 Microtopography Effects on Vegetative and Biogeochemical Patterns in Created Wetlands: A Comparative Study to Provide Guidance for Wetland Creation and RestorationChangwoo Ahn, Gregory NoeFederal: $58,115
Non-Federal: $58,117
2006WAWest-Wide Drought Forecasting System: A Scientific Foundation for NIDISAnne Steinemann, Dennis Lettenmaier, Andrew WoodFederal: $250,000
Non-Federal: $250,000
2006WIIdentifying High-Infiltration and Groundwater Recharge AreasStephen J. Ventura, John Norman, Cynthia StilesFederal: $90,952
Non-Federal: $90,954
2005AZChemolithotrophic denitrification: The missing link in the biogeochemical cycle of arsenicReyes Sierra, James Field, Ronald OremlandFederal: $121,163
Non-Federal: $136,209
2005CAModel Development for Conjunctive Use Planning and Aquifer Protection in Semi-arid RegionsWilliam W-G. YehFederal: $98,534
Non-Federal: $98,534
2005CODevelopment of Characterization Approaches and a Management Tool for the Groundwater-Surface Water System in the Vicinity of Sutherland Reservoir and Gerald Gentlemen Station, Lincoln County, NebraskaEileen Poeter, Eileen PoeterFederal: $132,731
Non-Federal: $142,795
2005HICoastal Groundwater Management in the Presence of Positive Stock ExternalitiesKaeo Duarte, James RoumassetFederal: $148,021
Non-Federal: $184,150
2005LASaltwater Intrusion Management with Conjunctive Use of Surface Water and Ground WaterFrank Tsai, Vijay SinghFederal: $172,842
Non-Federal: $173,616
2005MNAssessing the ecotoxicology of alkylphenol mixtures accross the aquatic food chainHeiko Schoenfuss, Larry Barber, Matthew JuliusFederal: $63,014
Non-Federal: $81,257
2005NDAssessing the Effectiveness of Local Water Institutions in Water ManagementRobert HearneFederal: $150,392
Non-Federal: $150,393
2005NEThe impact of rural water supply systems on property valuesSteven Shultz, Jay LeitchFederal: $62,728
Non-Federal: $78,027
2004AZForward and Inverse Transient Analytic Element Models of Groundwater FlowShlomo NeumanFederal: $131,976
Non-Federal: $134,003
2004AZPharmaceutically Active Compounds: Fate in Sludges and Biosolids Derived from Wastewater TreatmentDavid Quanrud, Robert Arnold, Jon Chorover, Gail Cordy, Wendell ElaFederal: $152,926
Non-Federal: $186,899
2004CAInstitutional Re-arrangements: forging smart use water policy coalitions at the intersection of geo-technical engineering with urban open space Helen IngramFederal: $70,767
Non-Federal: $74,489
2004FLSpace-based monitoring of wetland surface flowShimon WdowinskiFederal: $158,687
Non-Federal: $158,687
2004ILDevelopment and Validation of a 3D Coupled Hydrologic-Biogeochemical Model for Evaluation of the Impact of Water-Table Management on Nitrate Loads from Tile-Drained Agricultural FieldsRobert Hudson, Albert ValocchiFederal: $108,948
Non-Federal: $115,971
2004ILEstimating shallow recharge and discharge in northeastern Illinois using GIS and pattern recognition procedureYu-Feng Lin, Albert ValocchiFederal: $91,197
Non-Federal: $91,197
2004ILCarbonaceous Material Fractions in Sediments and Their Effect on the Sorption and Persistence of Organic Pollutants in Small Urban WatershedsCharles Werth, Barbara Mahler, Peter Van MetreFederal: $170,956
Non-Federal: $176,261
2004ILDevelopment of Water Use Benchmarks for Thermoelectric Power Generation in the United StatesBen Dziegielewski, Tom BikFederal: $94,245
Non-Federal: $40,203
2004WACollaborative Research:Hydraulic and Geomorphic Controls on the Evolution of Cluster Bedforms in Gravel-Bed Streams Thanos Papanicolaou, Lisa ElyFederal: $103,134
Non-Federal: $103,470
2004WAUsing environmental tracers to improve prediction of nonpoint pollutant loadings from fields to streams at multiple watershed scalesC Keller, Richelle Allen-King, Shulin ChenFederal: $157,586
Non-Federal: $212,360
2004WIGroundwater sustainability in a humid climate: Groundwater pumping, groundwater consumption, and land use change. Madeline Gotkowitz, David J. Hart, Charles DunningFederal: $69,246
Non-Federal: $70,230
2003CADynamics of Point and Non-Point Source Fecal Pollution from an Urban Watershed in Southern CaliforniaStanley Grant, Patricia Holden, Brett SandersFederal: $159,045
Non-Federal: $250,000
2003CADistribution and toxicity of sediment-associated pesticides in the Sacramento River watershed.Donald Weston, Michael Lydy, Chris IngersollFederal: $199,927
Non-Federal: $199,986
2003MAA Regional Approach to Conceptualizing Fractured-Rock Aquifer Systems for Groundwater ManagementStephen Mabee, Michele CookeFederal: $92,839
Non-Federal: $94,608
2003MNPhotochemistry of Antibiotics and Estrogens in Surface Waters: Persistence and PotencyKristopher McNeill, Deborah SwackhamerFederal: $134,070
Non-Federal: $134,092
2003NYAn Assessment of New Advances in Low Streamflow Estimation and CharacterizationChuck KrollFederal: $154,058
Non-Federal: $154,589
2003TXBridging the Gap Between Plankton Dynamics and Spatial Variability in Water Quality in the Guadalupe Estuary (Texas): The Importance of Freshwater PulsesStephen Davis, Daniel RoelkeFederal: $233,953
Non-Federal: $234,718
2002AZAgricultural Chemicals as a Major Non-Point Source of Arsenic: Microbial Transformation of Organic ArsenicalsJames Field, A. Gandolfi, Reyes Sierra, John Garbarino, Robert WershawFederal: $137,448
Non-Federal: $166,227
2002COOccurrence and Fate of Emerging Organic Chemicals in Onsite Wastewater Systems and Implications on Water Quality Management in the Rocky Mountain RegionRobert Siegrist, John McCray, Kathryn LoweFederal: $106,822
Non-Federal: $113,470
2002GAMid Infrared Water Quality Sensors for the detection of organic pollutantsBoris MizaikoffFederal: $115,822
Non-Federal: $115,822
2002IARelationship of Nitroso Compound Formation Potential to Drinking Source Water Quality and Organic Nitrogen Precursor Source CharacteristicsRichard ValentineFederal: $134,914
Non-Federal: $175,042
2002IAAn Integrated Immunological-GIS Approach for Bio-monitoring of Ecological Impacts of Swine Manure Pollutants in StreamsJames Roth, Dusan Palic, Bruce Menzel, Clay PierceFederal: $135,328
Non-Federal: $163,067

How to Apply

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; evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs; development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water; alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated management of ground and surface waters; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices. 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/").
  • 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.
  • Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2015. A copy of the Announcement will be posted on this webs site and on http://www.niwr.net when available.