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

Full proposals must address one of the following four research areas:

  • Expand and enhance the use of hydrologic monitoring data monitoring to support advanced modeling tools to provide state-of-the-art flood and drought forecasts, drive emergency- and water-management decision support systems.
  • Research to help society deal with water scarcity or water availability challenges such as drought, snow pack, and/or changes in runoff regimes.
  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms that advance the science of ecological flows.
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of harmful algae blooms (HABs). Proposals are sought that focus on innovations in monitoring the occurrence of HABs and algal toxins, research on factors that result in algal toxin production, and improvements in near-real time modeling and forecasting of toxin-producing blooms.


Download the FY2020 USGS 104g Announcement.

Full Proposals due to CTIWR by Monday, March 9th, 2020, 5:00 pm.


  1. Email one-page proposal synopsis to Michael Dietz (860-486‑2436), Director, Connecticut Institute of Water Resources for approval to submit a full proposal.


  1. Download ZIP file that contains required proposal documents.
  2. Complete all proposal documents and submit through your Grants Office for approval.
  3. Email approved proposal documents to James Hurd, Assoc. Director, Connecticut Institute of Water Resources. DUE MONDAY, MARCH 9th (additional paperwork will be required from PIs outside of UConn).
  4. Proposal information will be entered into IPETT by CTIWR and proposal submitted to by UConn Office of Sponsored Program Services.


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.

All successful proposals will be fully funded for the entire duration of the project with FY 2020 funds, if available.

Target award date is August-September 2020. USGS preferred project start date is September 1, 2020 (project must start no later than September 30, 2020)

NOTE: Funds have not yet been appropriated for this program for FY 2020. 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 proposals by PIs at a Connecticut institution of higher learning must submit their proposal to the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources (CTIWR).
  • Proposals are entered into USGS IPETT by CTIWR staff and 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 (as a subaward if outside UConn).

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