Water Research Grants

The state water resources research institutes authorized by section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources. The NIWR cooperates with the U.S. Geological Survey to support, coordinate and facilitate research through the Annual Base Grants, National Competitive Grants, Coordination Grants, and in operating the NIWR-USGS Student Internship Program. The Annual Base Grants, 104(b), and National Competitive Grants, 104(g), make up the backbone of the USGS 104 program. Below is a brief explanation of these two similar, but different grants.

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State Water Research Grants - USGS 104(b) Program

These grants provide competitive seed grant funding opportunities for faculty members or affiliates at institutions of higher education. Applications must be submitted through your State Water Research Institute or Center. The Institutes or Centers may only consider project proposals from faculty members or affiliates at institutions of higher education in its State. To find out where your state's Institute or Center is located visit the Institutes webpage here and click on your state.

Unique characteristics of this program include:

  • Research priorities are set by each institute in consultation with its state advisory board.
  • Research focuses on state and regional water resources problems that can be addressed by
    researchers at academic institutions in states with common problems.
  • All federal funds must be matched by at least two non-federal dollars for each federal dollar.

For more information on the USGS 104 program visit the USGS Water Resources Research Institutes website here.

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National Water Research Grants - USGS 104(g) Program

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. The USGS 104(g) Program provides the major mechanism to meet the growing needs not filled by state or federal research programs.

Unique characteristics of this program include:

  • Research priorities are set jointly by the National Institutes for Water Resources and the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • The program focuses on regional and interstate water resources problems beyond those of concern only to a single state.
  • All federal funds must be matched by at least one non-federal dollar for each federal dollar.


For more information on the USGS 104 program visit the USGS Water Resources Research Institutes website here.


Past USGS 104(g) National Water Research Grant Recipients:

YearInstitute TitlePrinciple Investigator(s)
2015 COTrace Organic Contaminants (TOrCs) in Urban Stormwater and
Performance of Urban Bioretention Systems: A Field and Modeling Study
Christopher Higgins, Edward Furlong, Terri Hogue, John McCray
2015ILUsing BioAvailability to Assess Pyrethroid Insecticide Toxicity in Urban SedimentsMichael Lydy, Amanda Harwood, Kara Huff Hartz, Samuel Nutile
2015SCHuman and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse: Engineered Systems for Removing Priority Emerging ContaminantsSusan Richardson, Dionysios Dionysiou, Daniel Schlenk
2015SDHydrologic Life Cycle Impact of Mountain Pine Bark Beetle InfestationsJames Stone, Scott Kenner,
Heidi Sieverding
2014IADevelopment of a Comprehensive Hazard to Loss Modeling Methodology for
the Residential Damage Associated with Inland Flooding from North Atlantic Tropical Cyclones
Gabriele Villarini, Jeffery Czajkowski, Erwann MichelKerjan
2014INCan there ever be enough? Analysis of the adoption, penetration and effectiveness of urban stormwater best management practicesLaura Bowling, Linda Prokopy
2014MDEnvironmental Concentrations and Exposure Effects of Environmental Gestagens on a Sentinel Teleost FishEdward Orlando, Michael Meyer,
Patrick Phillips
2014NENitrate Mediated Mobilization of Naturally Occurring Uranium in GroundwaterKarrie Weber, Daniel Snow
2014OKHydrogeophysics and Geochemistry of the Boone Aquifer in the Vicinity of the Tar Creek Superfund Site, Ottawa County, OKKumar Ramachandran, Cas Bridge,
Bryan Tapp
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 Dimova
2012IAWatershed Scale Water Cycle Dynamics in Intensively Managed Landscapes: Bridging the Knowledge Gap to Support Climate Mitigation Policies
Thanos Papanicolaou, Keith Schilling, Douglas Schnoebelen, Christopher Wilson
2012MNUnderstanding Pesticide Photolysis in Prairie Potholes for Water
Management Strategies
William Arnold
2012NYThe Remote Monitoring of Surface Velocity, Bathymetry, and DischargeEdwin Cowen
2012ORBiological Drivers of Freshwater Cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Bloom Extremes Assessed Via Next-Generation DNA Sequencing TechnologyTheo Dreher
2012WVModeling the hydrologic Response in Surface Mining Watersheds With Redesigned Reclamation PracticesLeslie Hopkinson, Ben Mack,
John Quaranta