WRRI Funding Application Tip – Letters of Support
When sponsoring faculty write letters of support for a student’s grant application, the letter should demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the student and indicate confidence in the student’s specific abilities. In areas where the student may be lacking, it’s not always a negative to identify these learning opportunities. Consider using the letter to address a plan whereby the sponsoring faculty member, their lab, or collaborators would help the student gain the necessary skills or knowledge to complete the proposed research.
OPEN FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
WRRI–USGS 104(b) Grants
This request is now open for student full proposals.
For North Carolina faculty and graduate students:
WRRI has issued its annual RFP for faculty pre-proposals and graduate student proposals for the FY 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 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 projects is March 1, 2021. Start dates and award amounts are contingent upon receipt of federal funds.
Faculty pre-proposals were due Tuesday, May 26, 2020, and submissions are now closed.
Student full proposals are due Monday, July 13, 2020.
Please check here and on social media periodically for announcements when funding opportunities open.
WRRI’s relevance increasingly will rely on how well we embody diversity, equity and inclusion. Visit our DEI statement to learn about the intentional measures we are taking in our hopes to fully realize diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our programmatic portfolio.
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The following funding opportunities are offered cyclically and will be updated as information and funding are available.
USGS 104(g) Grants
This request is now closed.
- The new deadline of March 10 is required in order for WRRI to receive and internally process any proposals before final submission to USGS on March 19. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out to WRRI early so we are aware of your intention to apply. Completed proposals as described on page 5 of the RFP should be sent via email to Mary Beth Barrow at firstname.lastname@example.org with a cc to John Fear at email@example.com.
The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and U.S. Geological Survey award grants annually under the USGS Section 104(G) Competitive Grants Program.
Please be aware that USGS is not asking for pre-proposals this year and only requesting full proposals for only four high priority research areas as written in the RFP. We will not consider proposals that are submitted for hydrologic research that do not address these areas.
Graduate Student Funding
This request is now closed.
NC WRRI and North Carolina Sea Grant offer an annual joint competitive funding opportunity for full-time graduate students at North Carolina’s colleges and universities. Highlights of this funding opportunity include an emphasis on diversity within applicants and in the areas where research is to be targeted.
Recognizing that some students and faculty have historically been underserved and under-targeted with research opportunities, and that some students and faculty are underrepresented in the sciences, we strongly encourage submissions by and/or collaborative partnerships with one or more of the following:
- African American, Hispanic and Native American students and African American, Hispanic and Native American sponsoring faculty
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)
Furthermore, recognizing that some communities and geographical areas are underserved and often stand to gain significantly from meaningful applied research, we strongly encourage research projects that engage underserved communities, rural communities, communities of color, or low- or fixed-income communities.
Proposals may address research questions and methods in the fields of social science, education, communications, natural science, engineering, economics or policy, or a combination of these disciplines. We encourage proposals that include meaningful public engagement, public participation, or collaboration with members of the communities where research is to take place.
The full RFP with application instructions is below.
- 2018 Graduate Student RFP
- Data Management Plan Guidance (data management plans required as part of proposal submission)
Stormwater Consortium Projects
This request is now closed.
Fostering community engagement and enhancing community-municipal partnerships to address linkages between stormwater and trash, litter and/or illicit discharges in NC Stormwater Consortium (SWC) member municipalities. The Stormwater Consortium was previously known as the Stormwater Group (SWG).
RFP Issue Date: Nov. 7, 2018
Submissions closed: Feb. 11, 2019
Overview (see RFP for complete details):
This unique RFP approach involves the submission of a research concept with the potential for the selected applicant(s) to co-develop a full proposal in collaboration with the SWC’s municipal stormwater members.
Community Engagement: Proposed projects should engage underserved communities, marginalized communities, communities of color and/or low- or fixed-income communities. Proposals should include meaningful public engagement, public participation or collaboration with members of the communities where research will take place.
Applicants: Faculty, consultants and nonprofits in North Carolina are eligible to apply (see RFP for complete details on eligibility). Recognizing that some students, faculty and professionals of color have been underserved and under-targeted with research opportunities, and that some students, faculty and professionals of color are underrepresented in the sciences, we strongly encourage submissions by and/or collaborative partnerships with one or more of the following: African American, Hispanic and Native American faculty, students and professionals; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); or Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).
Disciplines and Scope: Proposed research must take place in the service area(s) of at least one SWC-member municipality. Projects may address research questions and methods in the fields of social science, education, communications, natural science, engineering, economics or policy, or a combination of these disciplines, as applied to the focus area described in the RFP.
UWC & SWC
Researchers interested in receiving funding from the Urban Water Consortium and/or Stormwater Consortium are encouraged to review their research priorities. Researchers can submit proposals to the WRRI annual call for proposals and those of relevance will be directed to the UWC or SWC for consideration. Researchers wishing to present a research idea to these groups either informally, or formally but outside of the annual call for proposals, may contact Nicole Wilkinson or John Fear of WRRI, or one of the groups’ voting representatives.
Community Collaborative Research Grant (CCRG)
The Community Collaborative Research Grant Program is closed.
The Community Collaborative Research Grant Program, or CCRG, is supported by WRRI and North Carolina Sea Grant, in partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science based at North Carolina State University.
The CCRG requires the use of a collaborative research approach that couples the knowledge of community stakeholders with academic experts in the field to address priority issues that align with the missions and strategic plans of WRRI and Sea Grant. WRRI focus areas eligible under this RFP include: stormwater management; drinking water, wastewater and water infrastructure; groundwater and surface water; and watershed management. The 2018-2021 NC Sea Grant Strategic Plan defines four focus areas: healthy coastal ecosystems; sustainable fisheries and aquaculture; resilient communities and economies; and environmental literacy and workforce development.
WRRI occasionally offers mini-grant opportunities, often in partnership with NC Sea Grant. There is not currently a call for proposals for mini-grants.