The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, is seeking proposals for research on topics related to improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including (but not limited to): enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development of drought impact indicators, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs, development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water, integrated management of ground and surface waters, the resilience of public water supplies, and the evaluation of conservation practices. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and in coping with extreme hydrologic conditions.

Proposed projects can be 1 to 3 years in duration and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds. Successful applicants must match each dollar of the federal grant with one dollar from non-federal sources. Proposals must be filed on the Internet at https://niwr.net/ by 4:00 PM, Eastern Time, Thursday, February 23, 2012.
Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for a grant through a Water Research Institute or Center.

The full RFP is available at https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP. In Illinios, contact Lisa Merrifield, lmorrisn@illinois.edu or 217-333-0045 for more about the Illinois Water Resources Center.

In Indiana contact Ron Turco, rturco@purdue.edu or 765-494-8077, for more information.