08/31 - Call for USGS 104B Pre-Proposals from the Nebraska Water Center


Proposals that address water resources priority issues in Nebraska are now being solicited.  The Nebraska Water Center, part of the Daugherty Water for Food Institute anticipates research funds being available in 2016 through its Section 104(b) Water Institutes Program, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Faculty members at all Nebraska universities are eligible and encouraged to apply for these research funds. The start date for projects is March 1, 2016 for a one-year period ending February 28, 2017.
Proposed research that addresses one of the priority water research challenges identified on Attachment 1 will be ranked more highly than those that do not. Proposals will be evaluated by: an advisory board comprised of state and federal agency repre-sentatives, faculty members, external reviewers, and the director. Proposals are due electronically (as a pdf file) to the Nebraska Water Center on or before Monday, September 28th by 1:00 pm (CST).  At this stage, a 4-page pre-proposal is needed for review.  Guidelines for preparing pre-proposals are provided in Attachment 2; those pre-proposals that do not comply with the guidelines will not be reviewed. Also attached is Attachment 3: example of a pre-proposal budget; and Attachment 4: USGS RFP from 2015 or via http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/FY2015_104B_RFP.pdf (2016 not available as of yet).   
After review of pre-proposals by an advisory board and suggested reviewers, the projects to receive funding will be contacted by November 17th to move forward with the USGS full proposal process and will receive further instructions from the Nebraska Water Center.  Final FULL electronic proposals will be due Monday, December 21st via the NIWR website @ 1:00 (CST) –  
If you have any questions concerning application procedures, or potential research topics, please contact Tricia at the Nebraska Water Center @ 472-3305 or the Director, Chittaranjan Ray cray@nebraska.edu and @ 472-3305.