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 2020 Request for Proposal Deadline is December 31, 2019 at 4:30 pm

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.

FY2020 Request for Proposals Document

Funding for FY2019 has been awarded to:

  • Fecal Coliform Pollution and Antibiotic Resistance in Sand River in Aiken, SC
    PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Sarah Michele Harmon (University of South Carolina Aiken) 
  • Tire Wear Particles in Road Runoff as Non-point Source Microplastic Pollution in SC Waterways
    PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Peter van den Hurk (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

Fiscal Year 2019 Announcement (Download PDF, 596kb)

**2019 Closing Dates**
5:00 PM, Eastern Time, February 15, 2019 (Pre-proposals)
5:00 PM, Eastern Time, May 31, 2019 (Institutes)

USGS has not yet received approval from the Department of Interior for funding 104G research proposals. The RFP is downloadeable at the link above should you be interested in submitting a proposal.  The deadline date is February 15, 2019.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) 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; exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water; development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices. 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 ( 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.

2020 Water Use Data and Research Program Grant

Closing Date: January 30, 2020

USGS Funding Annoucement