USGS 104g Program

National Competitive Grants

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources supports an annual call for proposals to focus on water problems and issues that are of a regional or interstate nature or relate to a specific program priority identified by the Secretary of the Interior and the Institutes.

The goals of the National Competitive Grants program are to:

  • promote collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues.
  • promote the dissemination and results of the research funded under this program.
  • assist in the training of scientists in water resources.

Research Priorities

  • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement.
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quality and quantity of water resources in response to changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; including associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure costs.
  • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical and/or economic supply of water.
  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water mangement.
  • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation pracices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.

NOTE: The USGS 104g Grant Program RFP has NOT yet been approved by the Secretary of the Interior. The RFP is not yet posted in

NOTE: Pre-proposals DO NOT need to go through your Grants Office since there is no detailed budget associated with the pre-proposal.


Pre-proposals due to CTIWR by February 15, 2019, 5:00 pm.


Funding for the 104g Program is typically around 1 million dollars in federal funds per year. There is a cap of $250,000 of federal funds per project and a maximum duration of 3 years. Federal funds must be matched at least 1:1 with non-federal dollars.

NOTE: Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2019. The Government's obligation under this program is contingent upon the availability of funds.


  • Prinicipal Investigator must be at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States to apply for a grant.
  • All pre-proposals by PIs at a Connecticut institution of higher learning must submit their pre-proposal to the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CTIWR).
  • Invited full proposals are submitted to by the University of Connecticut (regardless of PI home institution), home of the CTIWR.
  • Funds are awarded directly to the CTIWR and dispersed to the PIs institution.

Additional information and a list of previously funded projects can be found at the WRRI website.