Annually, the Montana Water Center and its Water Research Advisory Committee issue Requests for Proposals for two water research opportunities made possible by U.S. Geological Survey's water research funding program:
The majority of USGS Section 104(b) funding is allocated to Seed Grants awarded on a competitive basis to faculty/staff researchers at Montana's institutions of higher education. Student involvement, and multi-disciplinary and highly-innovative investigations, are strongly encouraged. Grants range up to $15,000 and matching funds are required. Grantees must: (1) submit a summary of results for public distribution, and (2) present findings at professional meetings. They are also asked to publish findings in professional journals.
2012-2014 Montana Water Center Research Seed Grants Program RFPP
Research Priority Areas for 2012-2014 USGS 104(b) Seed Grants
104(b) funding also supports the research of promising student researchers engaged in water-resource investigations at Montana universities. The Montana Water Center Student Research Fellowship Program announcements are distributed annually, offering awards between $1,000 and $5,000 per student.
2011 Montana Water Center Student Research Fellowships
Another opportunity for water investigation funding is the 104g National Competitive Grant program. The USGS in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topics of water supply and water availability, which are issues of importance nationwide. Proposals may be for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Proposals are due near the end of February each year and must be filed online at https://niwr.org/NIWR/.