The challenges and opportunities of understanding the connection of aquatic invasive species and
water resources are poorly understood, despite the real and growing impact of numerous aquatic
invasive species on water quality and quantity. Research is needed to better understand these
interactions and guide management decisions that will improve water resources at the regional
Proposals are sought on the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of
priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):
Improve our understanding of the impacts of aquatic invasive species on lakes and rivers
in the Upper Mississippi River basin, including changes to water quantity, quality and
Identify lake and river characteristics that infer resistance and resilience to establishment
and impacts of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin. Research is
needed to better understand these interactions and guide management decisions that will
improve water resources at the regional scale.
Social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and
management of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin.
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 real and growing impact of
numerous aquatic invasive species on water quality and quantity in the Upper Mississippi Basin.
Each Fiscal Year an announcement is issued requesting applications. Applications under this Announcement must be submitted through the federal grants application site at https://www.grants.gov. Water Resource Research Institute/Center Directors or their
designee(s) are responsible for submitting applications through their respective Universities.
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.
Aquatic Invasive Species is a newly-established grant category and funding for 2020 has not been finalized. Once final funding has been officially approved, we will publish information about the projects supported under this program.