Funding Opportunities

2017 Funding Award: "Phosphorus Removal from Nutrient Enriched Agricultural Runoff Water"
Co-PI John Majsztrik working with student Damon Abdi to install automatic water samplers


FY 2018-2019 Deadline: December 12, 2018
FY 2019-2020 Deadline: May 13, 2019


PURPOSE OF PROGRAM  (Request For Proposals Document)
During the 2018-19 fiscal year, Clemson Public Service and Agriculture (PSA) received $2 million in recurring funds from the S.C. legislature to fund program support for Water Resource Research, Management and Technology and to help unify individual university programs into a more complete and integrated Water Resources Program at Clemson. The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide supportive research and education to establish an accurate understanding of the state’s water resources the implications for increased demand for water.
  • Expand current and develop new water resource research, management and technology programs that benefit the public and support needs and priorities of South Carolina and of partner agencies (e.g., S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), S.C. Department of Agriculture (SCDA), Farm Bureau, etc.)

Statewide Competitive Research Program
USGS / NIWR State Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) Program

FY 2022 Request for Proposal Deadline is APRIL 7, 2022 

The principal objectives of the state competitive grants program include the following:

  • Conduct research relative to important water resource problems of South Carolina.
  • Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research involving these problems.
  • Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water resource fields.

FY2022 Request for Proposals Document 

Funding for FY2021 has been awarded to:

  • “Establishing a Framework of Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Edisto Basin” with Marzieh Motallebi as principal investigator and Lori Dickes, Michael Vassalos, Mani Rouhi Rad, and Julie Carl Ureta as co-principal investigators (Clemson University)
  • “Algae blooms producing taste and odor issues in Upstate drinking water reservoirs” with Peter van den Hurk and James Strickland as co-principal investigators (Clemson University)
  • “Application of Agent-based System to Investigate Water Allocation across the Edisto River Basin, South Carolina” with Vidya Samadi as principal investigator (Clemson University)

View the list of past awards. Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act directs the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to administer program grants to Institutes and Centers established within the States and certain other similar jurisdictions for research, education, and training that will assist the Nation in augmenting its water resources science and technology. Responsibility for administration of this program has been delegated to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Research funds will be used to support water resources research that is of critical need to the state of South Carolina. Research proposals submitted under this Request For Proposals may be for a one-year duration only.

Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

Link to 104G RFP (PDF)

Due Date for Applications

May 10, 2022

Application Due Date Explanation

Applications, including the full proposal, must be submitted to by the State Water Resources Research Institute prior to the 5:00 PM Eastern Time, May 10, 2022 closing date. Proposals must be submitted as a complete application package (full proposal, SF-424 and SF- 424B, matching commitment letter, budget breakdown, budget justification and budget summary) to by the university that houses the Institute. PI’s must coordinate with their respective Institutes prior to submission to allow time for the Institute to meet the deadlines of this program announcement.


Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focus on: “water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single State and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the Secretary (of the Interior) and the (water resources research) institutes.” Objectives of this program also include the following:

  1. Promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water-resources issues. Proposals exhibiting substantial collaboration between the USGS and the applicant are strongly encouraged. Collaborative proposals should describe in detail the respective roles of the USGS and the applicant in the proposed It is anticipated that in FY2022 the USGS will have internal funds available for modest support of USGS scientists on selected proposals.

  2. Promote the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program, both to the scientific community and to the general public.

  3. Assist in the training of scientists in relevant water-resource Proposals that include a strong educational component (student support) are encouraged, as are those from early-career faculty.


Proposals are sought on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems, including the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):

  • Abundance, location, and persistence of legacy nutrients: What are the mechanisms that facilitate accumulation and persistence? Where in landscape are they stored and what does that mean for the potential to enter or move through the hydrologicsystem? What are the methods, time periods, and utility to characterizing “new” versus “old” sources? Do related nutrients persist and move in the same way, and what does this mean for short- and long-term water quality?
  • Trends of integrated processes: How do changes in one aspect of water quantity and availability affect other long-term aspects? For example, how are changes in groundwater identifiable as changes in streamflow patterns? How do changes in streamflow result in changes in water quality?
  • Water Conflict: What are the risks of water conflict as a result of inter-basin transfers driven by water-use behavior, socioeconomic conditions, changing land-use patterns, and climate variability. Aspects for consideration include identification of thresholds, tradeoffs between sectors and(or) communities, conservation opportunities and stakeholder actions, agent-based modeling, relevant laws and regulations, and adaptive management.