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USGS Funding Opportunities available through WRRI

Contact: John Fear,

North Carolina’s Water Resources Research Institute is accepting proposals for three separate 104(g) opportunities sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning is eligible to apply for these grants.

North Carolina researchers must submit proposals via email to Mary Beth Barrow ( by 5 p.m on April 13th, 2023. Proposals will then be submitted by NC WRRI to on behalf of the researcher. 

“The deadline provides NC WRRI time to package proposals and process them through an approval checklist prior to submitting them into,” explains John Fear, NC WRRI deputy director.

University researchers must include their institution’s letter of intent as all proposals must be fully approved by your campus’ office of sponsored research or equivalent office.

Section 104(g) of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 requires that this competitive grant program focus on water problems and issues of regional and national importance.

The three 104(g) opportunities this cycle are focused on the following topics:

  • General 104(g): Water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single state – “Successful research topics have included research on improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, developing innovative approaches to water treatment, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs; development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water; developing approaches for integrated management of ground and surface waters; and the evaluation and assessment of conservation practices.” (G23AS00485)
  • Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) research: Understanding the impact of PFAS on water resources. “Successful research topics have included research on the fate, persistence, transport, and impacts of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances on changes to water quality and/or ecosystem dynamics, in water resources, including surface water and groundwater.” (G23AS00484)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) research: Understanding the impact of aquatic invasive species on water quality and quantity in the Upper Mississippi Basin. “Successful research topics have included research on improving our understanding of the impacts of aquatic invasive species on lakes and rivers in the Upper Mississippi River basin, including changes to water quantity, quality and ecosystem dynamics and the social and/or economic assessment of the spread, detection, impacts, solutions, and management of aquatic invasive species in the Upper Mississippi River basin.” (G23AS00483)

Details on proposal submission and requirements are provided in the official USGS notices, with those links available on the NC WRRI funding portal: Budget questions should be directed to Mary Beth Barrow at

Interested researchers are asked to provide informal notice of their intent to submit proposals by emailing John Fear at John Fear can also address questions regarding research topics.

Interested researchers are also invited to attend an informational webinar on March 9th, 2023 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time that focuses on the National Competitive Grants RFPs. The webinar, which is jointly hosted by water resources research institutes across the country, will discuss the full proposal process and funding priorities, and include an opportunity for researchers to ask questions. In addition, researchers will be able to identify potential collaborators in topic-specific breakouts. The webinar recording will be available on the NC WRRI funding portal after the event.