WRI is now accepting proposals under the water resources research grant program, which is administered by the US Geological Survey and the Hudson River Estuary program of the NYSDEC. The primary objective of this program is to bring innovative science to watershed planning and management. Proposals that support the strategic goals of the DEC HREP are encouraged since HREP helps fund the WRI grants program. In particular, proposals should address one or more of the related topics of water infrastructure, environmental water quality, and economic vitality as it pertains to watershed planning and management.
Proposals should seek to address one or more of the following:
1) Water-related infrastructure including water supply and wastewater treatment facilities; distribution networks; decentralized treatment installations; dams; culverts and bridges; constructed wetlands; etc., and their current state and effectiveness at providing water services regionally at reasonable cost
2) Regional economic vitality with respect to water infrastructure and its effect on private and public investment and industrial development
3) Integration of scientific, economic, planning/governmental and/or social expertise to build comprehensive strategies for public asset and watershed management
4) Smart growth and its implications for water related infrastructure development, regional water quality, and regional economy
5) Novel outreach methods that enhance the communication and impact of science-based innovation to water resource managers, policy makers, and the public.
6) The economics and benefits of source watershed protection strategies and the use of ecological services to meet water supply and quality needs, as opposed to treatment at point of delivery.
The entire RFP is available here. The deadline for submissions is November 20, 2012.