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2021 Request for Pre-Proposals - USGS 104(b) Annual Base Grants Program

Utah Center for Water Resources Research - Announced 9/28/20

 


Dear Colleauge,

The Utah Center for Water Resources Research (UCWRR) at the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) is currently inviting pre-proposals from faculty members or affiliates at institutions of higher education in Utah for Plan Year 2021–22. This Utah grant program is funded through an annual grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as part of the federal Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (Program 104b), as amended. This program targets applied research that addresses water problems in Utah. NOTE: The funding for this grant is contingent upon congressional appropriations, and we have not yet received official notification of approval for federal support of the 2021 program. We anticipate the program being funded at the same level as FY 2020; however, reductions in funding and/or funding delays are possible.

The proposed research should address one of the identified priority research needs or another area of benefit to the State of Utah. Preference will be for research projects led by early career faculty and those that support graduate students. Pre-proposals are due at the UCWRR on or before November 1, 2020, 5:00 PM MST.

Guidelines for preparing and submitting pre-proposals are available below and in PDF. Pre-proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprising David Tarboton (UCWRR director), a representative from another college at USU and a representative from outside of USU. After review, the highest ranked pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals for inclusion in the total USGS proposal. We anticipate that 3 to 5 research proposals will be submitted for funding based on budgets and research funds available. Typical awards are between $25,000 and $30,000 and must be matched with $2 (non-federal) to every $1 (USGS-federal). Selected full proposals will be due to the UCWRR by December 15, 2020 for submission within the full USGS 104(b) proposal for the State of Utah. The project period for FY 2021 will be from March 1, 2021 through February 28, 2022.

Please contact me with any questions concerning procedures or potential research topics. I hope you will encourage your faculty to participate in this program.

Sincerely,

David G. Tarboton,
Director UWRL/UCWRR, Utah State University


Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Pre-Proposals


Send Pre-Proposals to:

Carri Richards
Utah Center for Water Resources Research
Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Email: carri.richards@usu.edu

Pre-proposal deadline:
November 1, 2020, 5:00 PM

Full proposal deadline (for selected projects):
December 15, 2020, 5:00 PM

Expected Project Period:
3/1/2021 – 2/28/2022

Further information:

UCWRR website or
USGS website:

Direct questions to: 

Carri Richards (435) 797-8040

Program Description and Objectives:

The Utah Center for Water Resources Research (UCWRR) is one of 54 federally authorized water resource institutes or centers throughout the United States and its territories. It operates under the authority of the Water Resources Research Act of 1964 through the Water Resources Research Institutes Program administered by the USGS.

The Center is directed, in part, to plan, conduct, or otherwise arrange for competent applied and peer reviewed research that fosters improvements in water supply reliability, the exploration of new ideas that address water problems or expands understanding of water and water-related phenomena, the entry of new research scientists, engineers, and technicians into water resources fields, and the dissemination of research results to water managers and the public. Pre-proposals submitted under this announcement should further these objectives.

Funding Information:

Pre-proposals should be for projects of 12 months duration that address water problems in the State of Utah. It is anticipated that 3–5 projects will selected to submit full proposals. Typical award amounts are between $25,000 and $30,000 (matching funds are required). All awards are subject to the availability of federal funds and other applicable considerations.

Matching Requirement:

Matching funds of 2:1 non-federal to federal dollars are required. Indirect costs are not allowed on the Federal cost category. However, indirect costs may be used to provide part of the matching requirements (i.e., indirect costs computed for federal funds may be used as part of the non-federal match. Indirect costs are allowed on the non-federal funds portion of the budget as match.

Eligibility:

Any faculty member or affiliate at an institution of higher education in the State of Utah can apply. Federal employees are NOT eligible as a principal investigator but may participate as a co-investigators.

Exclusions:

  • Applications for research on health effects involving human subjects and research involving oceanography (estuarine research applications are acceptable),
  • Applications for research that do not meet the program objectives.
  • Federal employees may not receive federal funds for any purpose under these awards.

Research Priorities

Research areas specified by the USGS are: providing water quality and quantity information, understanding water availability, addressing the influence of climate on water resources, and responding to water-related emerging needs. All projects must apply to a water-related focus of benefit to the State of Utah and/or the surrounding region.

Selection Criteria:

30% – Scientific merit / Research approach
25% – Applicability to Utah’s need
25% – Research Impact
20% – Training potential / Technology transfer

Proposal Guidelines:

Project pre-proposals should include:

  • A project description of no more than 5 pages (excluding citations & investigator qualifications)
  • A 1-page draft budget. This does not require institutional commitment at the pre-proposal stage, but should state how the 2:1 match requirement will be met.

NOTE: Selected projects will be required to submit a full proposal by December 15, 2020 for inclusion in the full UCWRR proposal to USGS.

Contents:

  1. Title: Concise but descriptive.

  2. Project Type (Choose from the following): Research, Information Transfer, Information Management System, or Education.

  3. Focus Categories: Choose a maximum of three focus categories from the list provided (Attachment A), with the most preferred focus category first.

  4. Research Category (Choose from the following the one category that most closely applies):

    • Water Scarcity and Availability
    • Water Hazards and Climate Variability
    • Water Quality
    • Water Policy, Planning, and Socioeconomics
    • Watershed and Ecosystem Function
    • Water Technology and Innovation
    • Workforce Development and Water Literacy
  5. Keywords: Enter keywords of your choice descriptive of the work.

  6. Principal investigator(s): Provide name, academic rank, university, email address and phone number of the principle investigators

  7. Abstract: Provide a brief description of the problem, methods, and objectives.

  8. Statement of regional or State water problem: Include an explanation of the need for the project, who wants it, and why.

  9. Statement of results or benefits: Specify the type of information that is to be gained and how it will be used.

  10. Nature, scope, and objectives of the project: include a timeline of activities.

  11. Methods, procedures, and facilities:. Provide enough information to permit evaluation of the technical adequacy of the approach to satisfy the objectives.

  12. Related research: Show by literature and communication citations the similarities and dissimilarities of the proposed project to completed or ongoing work on the same topic.

  13. Training potential: Estimate the number of graduate and undergraduate students, by degree level, who are expected to receive training in the project.

  14. Budget breakdown: A one-page draft budget and basic budget justification including details on meeting the 2:1 match.

  15. Investigator’s qualifications: Include resume(s) of the principal investigator(s). Limit to 2 pages with no more than 15 pertinent publications.

Reporting Requirements:

  • At the completion of the project, recipients will be required to prepare a final report summary.

  • The USGS tracks project productivity such as research publications, conference proceedings, patents, student participation, training sessions, etc., and you will be required to provide this information in your project summary report and to report on publications and other outcomes that result from this project in subsequent years.

  • All outputs of your 104b supported research must acknowledge both the USGS and UCWRR for the 104b grant opportunity and must include the project number assigned to your research.

The following additional information must be provided as a reporting requirement:

  • Name, major, degree program of all student working on the project.

  • One or more publication quality photo(s) of project-related work (and/or student performing such work).

  • Electronic copies of any student thesis or dissertation, poster, or PowerPoint presentation resulting from the project.

  • Journal articles submitted for publication or link to publication.

  • Fact sheets or any other materials produced as part of the project.

  • A final abstract (around 250 words) summarizing major findings of the project suitable for newsletter publication.

  • Publications, information transfer, student support, and notable achievements and awards.


ATTACHMENT A


FOCUS CATEGORIES

ACD – ACID DEPOSITION

AG – AGRICULTURE

CP – CLIMATOLOGICAL PROCESSES

COV – CONSERVATION

DROU – DROUGHT

ECL – ECOLOGY

ECON – ECONOMICS

EDU – EDUCATION

FL – FLOODS

GEOMOR – GEOMORPOLOGICAL PROCESSES

GEOCHE – GEOCHEMICAL PROCESSES

GW – GROUNDWATER

HYDROGEO – HYDROGEOCHEMISTRY

HYDROL – HYDROLOGY

INV – INVASIVE SPECIES

IG – IRRIGATION

LIP – LAW, INSTITUTIONS, AND POLICY

M&P – MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING

MET – METHODS

MOD – MODELS

NC – NITRATE CONTAMINATION

NPP – NON POINT POLLUTION

NU – NUTRIENTS

RAD – RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

REC – RECREATION 

SED – SEDIMENTS

ST – SOLUTE TRANSPORT

SW – SURFACE WATER

TS – TOXIC SUBSTANCES

TRT – TREATMENT

WW – WASTEWATER

WQL – WATER QUALITY

WQN – WATER QUANTITY

WS – WATER SUPPLY

WET – WETLANDS