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WRRI-Urban Water Consortium PFAS Request for Proposal

The Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) and the Urban Water Consortium (UWC) has initiated a request for proposals (RFP) process for applied research to strengthen the UWC’s response to and treatment of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) contamination in drinking water and wastewater across North Carolina. A two-stage process involving a pre-proposal and full proposal will be utilized.

The main purpose of this funding opportunity is to support research that can improve utility operations and analytical methods in a cost-effective manner as North Carolina utilities strategically prepare to address the future of evolving regulations, scientific understanding, and public perception. There is a need for accurate data that can inform future treatment options/operations and near-term decisions related to management and removal of PFAS. This is a call for applied research that will strengthen the UWC’s response to and treatment of PFAS, focused on the areas identified below. The Urban Water Consortium has identified research areas of interest in the following categories: Methodology, Treatment, and Education. Specific research areas of interest are included in the RFP document (linked below).


Faculty and University Affiliates of any accredited college or university (public or private) in North Carolina may apply. Out of state collaborators are eligible to be involved in the project as a co-PI, but the PI must be based at a North Carolina college or university. Projects may be proposed for one or two year projects with a maximum award of $60,000 per year. Student and/or post-doctoral involvement in projects is encouraged.


Pre-proposals are due June 28, 2024 at 5:00pm EST. Late proposals will not be accepted. The anticipated start date for projects is January 1, 2025.


Please reach out to Kaitlin Tucker by email at with any questions related to the RFP or submission process. Please reach out to Mary Beth Barrow by email at for any budget related questions.

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Community Collaborative Research Grants (CCRG)

The CCRG program is an innovative funding opportunity that requires research approaches that couple local knowledge with scientific expertise. Learn more about CCRG.

USGS 104(g) Grants

North Carolina’s Water Resources Research Institute is accepting proposals for three separate 104(g) opportunities sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey. Proposals will be submitted by NC WRRI on behalf of the researcher.

The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and U.S. Geological Survey award grants annually under the USGS Section 104(g) Competitive Grants Program. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for these grants with research that focuses on priorities of regional and national importance.

View more information and the 2024 USGS 104(g) RFPs on the USGS website.

For proposal questions, please contact John Fear at For budget questions, please contact Mary Beth Barrow at

WRRI-USGS 104(b) Grants

WRRI issued its annual RFP for faculty pre-proposals and graduate student proposals for the FY 2022-2023 Competitive Grants Program. This RFP is sponsored by WRRI and the USGS 104(b) program.

Faculty may propose one- or two-year projects for the 2022-2023 cycle, with a maximum award of $60,000 per year. Student proposals are limited to one-year projects and a $10,000 maximum award amount. The anticipated start date for faculty projects is September 1, 2023. The anticipated start date for student projects is January 3, 2023. Start dates and award amounts are contingent upon receipt of federal funds.


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