Assistance to State Water Resources Research Institutes

To provide financial support to Water Resources Research Institutes located at designated State universities in each of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia

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for research, information transfer and student training on one or more aspects of priority water problems.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Program funded water research on topics of water quality: 1) Fate and Ecological Impacts of Pharmaceuticals in a Temperate Stream Dominated by Wastewater Effluent; water availability: 2) The use of NMR Logging Measurements to Estimate Hydraulic Conductivity in Glacial Aquifers; and water treatment: 3) Hydrodynamic-Enhancement of Nitrate Attenuation by Integrating Reactive Biobarriers into Shallow, Open Water Treatment Wetlands.

Fiscal Year 2018: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that focus on water problems and issues of a State or are a regional or Interstate concern.

Fiscal Year 2019: Program has not yet selected projects for funding.

Program anticipates funding projects that focus on water problems and issues of a State or are a regional or Interstate concern.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.


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Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University System Of New Hampshire $ 199,029   2018-04-232023-04-22
University Of Delaware $ 195,215   2019-02-012022-01-31
University Of Massachusetts $ 248,201   2019-02-012022-01-31
University Of Wisconsin System $ 193,831   2018-11-012021-10-31
Mississippi State University $ 220,173   2018-10-182021-10-17
Clemson University $ 7,940,957   2016-03-012021-02-28
University Of Massachusetts $ 7,940,957   2016-03-012021-02-28
University Of Arizona $ 277,005   2016-03-012021-02-28
Michigan State University $ 277,005   2016-03-012021-02-28
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 554,010   2016-03-012021-02-28



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: For the Annual Base Grants the program received 54 applications and issued 54 awards. For the National Competitive Grants the program received 158 pre-proposals, invited 30 pre-proposals to submit full proposals and issued 3 awards. Fiscal Year 2018: For the Annual Base Grants the program received 54 applications and expects to issue 54 awards. For the National Competitive Grants the program received 161 pre-proposals, expects to invite 30 pre-proposals to submit full proposals and issue 4-6 awards. Fiscal Year 2019: For the Annual Base Grants the program expects to receive 54 applications and expects to issue 54 awards. For the National Competitive Grants the program expects to receive 161 pre-proposals, expects to invite 30 pre-proposals to submit full proposals and issue 4-6 awards.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program has two parts: a mandatory formula grant program and a competitive project grant program.

The mandatory grant program provides the State Institutes with funds to support a State and regional program of water resources research and information transfer.

This may include basic or applied research, setting up conferences to discuss research needs or results, conduct of research, information dissemination, and training of students as a byproduct of research.

In general the funds are used to study regional, State, or local water problems, but the results may often have national significance.

The competitive project grant program supports research focused on water problems of a regional or interstate nature and which relate to program priorities identified jointly by the State Institutes and the Geological Survey.

Federal funds cannot be used for (1) formal instructional activities and general education, and (2) the cost of permanent buildings, either directly or indirectly.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

One University Water Research Institute is authorized in each State and other jurisdictions specified in Section 104.

Other colleges and universities within a State are encouraged to participate in the program in cooperation with the designated Institute.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Researchers at qualified universities and colleges in the State through the designated Institute for the State.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposed Research and Information Transfer Program application responsive to instructions issued by the U.S. Geological Survey. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Formula Grant Program: Requires each Institute to collaborate with State interests in defining research priorities and to coordinate with other Institutes in the region to avoid duplication of effort.

Competitive Grant Program: Requires that the Institutes collectively collaborate with the Geological Survey in setting research priorities.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR Part 200 and Department of the Interior regulations 2 CFR Part 1402 and 43 CFR Part 12. Application form Standard Form (SF) 424 must be used. The application requirements as contained in the announcement package and the above regulations must be used for this program. Applications may be made only through the internet site http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Formula Grant Program: Geological Survey approves or rejects, in part or as a whole, the program submitted by each State Institute. The State Institutes are notified of any amendments necessary to obtain Geological Survey approval. Competitive Grant Program: Geological Survey conducts a formal review and selection procedure and approves or reject applications as a whole. Notification of an award is by receipt of a grant or cooperative agreement from a U.S. Geological Survey contracting officer through FedConnect (https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/).

Deadlines

Jun 01, 2018: National Competitive Grants (104g). [January 18, 2018 for the Annual Base Grants (104b) and June 1, 2018 for the National Competitive Grants (104g)].

Authorization

Water Resources Research Act of 1984, Section 104, Public Law 98-242 as amended, 42 U.S.C. 10301 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

90 days.

Appeals

Formula Grant Program: Deficiencies noted by the Geological Survey can normally be corrected by the State Institutes. Competitive Grant Program: None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 42 U.S.C. 10303(c) and (g). Amount to each State Water Research Institute under the formula grant is on a basis of one Federal share to not less than two nonfederal shares. Amount to each State Water Research Institute under the competitive grant is on a basis of one Federal share to not less than one nonfederal shares. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Annual and final technical reports, as well as other products, are required and must be submitted as described in the award terms and conditions.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date.

Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim annual reports.

Program will detail all financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Recipients are subject to the audit requirements of 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart F.

Records

Directors of the State Institutes are responsible for conduct of programs and maintaining books and records reflecting financial and technical transactions of the program. Records shall be retained and made available for audit for three years after submission of final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-0804-0-1-306.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $6,200,000; FY 18 est $6,200,000; and FY 19 est $6,200,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(Formula Grants) $92,335 to $277,005; average $95,755. (Competitive Grants) $140,162 to $249,949; average $212,950.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Rule, 30 CFR Part 401, 50 FR 27203, June 7, 1993; Geological Survey Request for Applications under the Water Resources Research Institute Grant Program (Section 104), Announcement G17AS00017, December 2015 at https://niwr.net. Applications under the Water Resources Research National Competitive Grant Program, Announcement No. G16AS200017, December, 2015 at https://niwr.net and http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/index.php

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Earl Greene Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Office of External Research, 5522 Research Park Drive,, Baltimore, Maryland 21228 Email: eagreene@usgs.gov Phone: (443) 498-5505

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Competitive Grant Program: Relevance to announced priorities, technical merit, prospects of attaining objectives in period specified and potential for student training.



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