5 Grants for National Water Quality Month #FundingFriday

We all need it, so we need to protect our clean water supplies. As the National Science Foundation says, “Humanity depends upon the Earth’s physical resources and natural systems for food, energy, and water (FEW).” Below are U.S. Federal Government grants from DOI, EPA, NASA, NSF, and USDA that work to restore, improve, or sustain water quality and access.

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ROSES 2018: Earth Science Applications: Water Resources

Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Close Date: August 17, 2018

Purpose: To document and enable improved, observationally based, predictions of water and energy cycle consequences of Earth system variability and change. This challenge requires documenting and predicting trends in the rate of the Earth’s water and energy cycling that corresponds to climate change and changes in the frequency and intensity of naturally occurring related meteorological and hydrologic events, which may vary as climate may vary in the future.

Acid Mine Drainage Watershed Cooperative Agreement Programs

Agency: Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Surface Mining

Close Date: August 31, 2018

Purpose: To assist local 501(c)(3) status organizations and groups that undertake local acid mine drainage (AMD) reclamation projects to improve the water quality of streams impacted by acid mine drainage. The Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program is designed to be partnered with other funding sources to assist groups such as small watershed organizations to complete local AMD reclamation projects.


Underground Agricultural Waste Management Tank Design

Agency: Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service

Close Date: September 4, 2018

Purpose: To address Rhode Island’s resource concerns and improve watershed health and ecology by implementing best animal waste management practices. Competition for this project is intended to provide the best value for government and citizens, promote innovation opportunities for accomplishing agency goals, create more partnership opportunities, and balance workload demands.


Gulf of Mexico Program Farmer to Farmer Cooperative Agreements

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Close Date: September 12, 2018

Purpose: To improve water quality, habitat and environmental education through the demonstration of improved crop or land management involving new, novel, or experimental technologies, methods, approaches or techniques. The project is designed to support farmer-led or farm focused organizations in the Gulf of Mexico watershed within the Continental United States.


Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems

Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Close Date: September 26, 2018

Purpose: To support research that conceptualizes FEW systems broadly and inclusively, incorporating social and behavioral processes (such as decision making and governance), physical processes (such as built infrastructure and new technologies for more efficient resource utilization), natural processes (such as biogeochemical and hydrologic cycles), biological processes (such as agroecosystem structure and productivity), and cyber-components (such as sensing, networking, computation and visualization for decision-making and assessment).