FY 2006

The U.S. Geological Survey 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 are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply and demand, but also quality trends in raw water supplies, the role of economics and institutions in water supply and demand, institutional arrangements for tracking and reporting water supply and availability, and institutional arrangements for coping with extreme hydrologic conditions. The amount available for research under this program is estimated to be $920,000 in federal funds. Any investigator at an 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. Proposals must be filed on the Internet at https://niwr.org/ by 5:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, February 10, 2006 and must be approved for submission to the National Competitive Grants Program not later than 5:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, February 24, 2006 by the Institute or Center through which they were submitted. Proposals may be filed on the website beginning November 1, 2005. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.

Prospective proposers are requested to consult the Director of North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute before submitting a proposal.

G. Padmanabhan, Ph.D., P.E., F. ASCE
Professor in Civil Engineering
Director, North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute
North Dakota State University Department in Civil Engineering and Construction
Fargo ND 58105-5285
Email: G.Padmanabhan@ndsu.edu
Voice: 701.231.7043
Fax: 701.231.6185