FY19 WRRI Matt Waters Lake Tristan Orndorff

GRANTS FROM THE ALABAMA WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Each year, the  Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRRI) and the U.S. Geological Survey provide grant funding at a state, national, and institutional level. The goal of the AWRRI  is to support research and training that is responsive to the identified priority water resource concerns and needs of our State.

STATEWIDE GRANTS

The Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRRI) and U.S. Geological Survey award grants annually to Alabama-based P.I.’s through the USGS WRRA 104b Annual Base Grants Program. Typically, 3–4 research proposals are selected by the AWRRI each year. Faculty members or affiliates from any University or College in Alabama can submit proposals for up to $35,000 of federal funding (1:1 match with non-federal dollars required). See the section below for details and find the Request for Proposals (RFP) here. 

 

The goal of the AWRRI is to support research and training that is responsive to the identified priority problems of our state and region. We focus on research proposals that have a high probability of producing useful results and/or attracting more adequate funding based on positive results.

 

 

NATIONAL GRANTS

The National Institutes for Water Resources and U.S. Geological Survey award grants annually under the WRRA 104g National Competitive Grants Program. Virtually all “national” water resources problems are covered. We focus on research proposals that have a high probability of producing useful results and/or attracting more adequate funding based on positive results.

 

See the sections below for Fiscal Year 2024 details. 

 

2024 Statewide Competitive Grants Program

Funded by the USGS WRRA Annual 104(b) Base Grants Program

$35,000 for 1-year projects to begin 9/15/2024

(open to all academic institutions in Alabama)

 

The AWRRI aims to respond to identified water resources problems of the state and region and to encourage and broaden faculty participation in research and other scholarly pursuits. The AWRRI is obligated to fund proposals with a high probability of producing impactful results and having a strong potential of obtaining continued funding. Such projects will directly benefit the researcher, their profession, their students, and the Institute’s overall mission.   

 

Details

Funding available: $35,000 for 1-year projects to begin 9/15/2024 (1:1 match with non-federal dollars required)

Open to: Faculty or affiliates of all academic institutions in Alabama

Important dates:  

Request for Proposals opens January 10, 2024 

Proposals are due March 15, 2024 (4:45 pm CT)  

Period of grant performance: September 15, 2024-September 14, 2025 

Priority funding areas:

Climate change and resiliency, coastal water research and policy, groundwater resources and contamination, infrastructure water management, innovative technologies, surface water quantity and quality.

Application Materials: 

FY24 RFP for AWRRI Statewide Competitive Grants Program

AWRRI 104b Proposal Budget Form

AWRRI 104b Proposal Budget Justification Form

DOI Covered UAS Assessment Guide

 

Submissions:

Please submit your proposal via the portal at the top of this page following these instructions:

  • The proposal should be uploaded as a single PDF file.
  • Please use the following format for the file name: “FY24_AWRRI_104b_Proposal_LastName_Institution” where “LastName” represents the PI’s last name and “Institution” represents the PI’s academic institution (abbreviations are acceptable).

See RFP for additional details.

For questions or assistance contact Dr. Adam Newby at  newbyaf@auburn.edu or 334-844- 3993.

2024 National Competitive Grant Program

 2024 104(b) National Competitive Grants

RFP will be linked in Spring 2024 when released by USGS

 

Collaboration with USGS staff is strongly encouraged. Please carefully read the COLLABORATION BY FEDERAL EMPLOYEES section and Attachment 3 (104-g General ONLY).  Note that a letter of support is required for ALL federal collaborations, regardless of whether or not it is funded.  

For AU Researchers – work with your academic unit to submit a completed USGS WRRI 104g proposal to the Alabama WRRI / AU Water Resources Center two weeks in advance of the RFP closing date. 

For ALL research proposals internal and external – the completed proposal package is due to the Alabama WRRI / AU Water Resources Center two weeks in advance. 

2024 Auburn University PhD Student Competitive Grants Program

2024 Auburn University PhD Competitive Grants Program

$7,500 for 1-year projects to begin 9/15/2024

Open to Auburn University PhD Students Only

 

The AWRRI  aims to respond to identified water resources problems of the state and region and to encourage and broaden faculty participation in research and other scholarly pursuits. The AWRRI is obligated to fund proposals with the best probability of producing meaningful results and having a strong promise of obtaining continued funding. Such projects will directly benefit the researcher, their profession, their students, and the Institute’s overall mission.   

Details

Funding available: $7,500 for 1-year projects to begin 9/15/2024 (1:1 match with non-federal dollars required)

Open to: Auburn University PhD Students

Important dates:  

Request for Proposals opens January 10, 2024 

Proposals are due March 15, 2024 (4:45 pm CDT)  

Period of grant performance: September 15, 2024-September 14, 2025 

Priority funding areas:

Climate change and resiliency, coastal water research and policy, groundwater resources and contamination, infrastructure water management, innovative technologies, surface water quantity and quality.

Application Materials: 

FY24 RFP for AWRRI AU Doctoral Student Grants Program

AWRRI 104b Proposal Budget Form

AWRRI 104b Proposal Budget Justification Form

DOI Covered UAS Assessment Guide

Submissions:

Please submit your proposal via the portal at the top of this page following these instructions:

  • The proposal should be uploaded as a single PDF file.
  • Please use the following format for the file name: “FY24_AWRRI_104b_Proposal_LastName_Institution” where “LastName” represents the PI’s last name and “Institution” represents the PI’s academic institution (abbreviations are acceptable).

For questions or assistance contact Dr. Adam Newby at  newbyaf@auburn.edu or 334-844- 3993.

 

Previously Funded 104(b) Grants

Previously Funded Projects:

2023

Michael Perez, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Auburn University, “Impacts of re-nourishment or accretion on marsh vegetation survival.” 

Thorsten Knappenberger, Associate Professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Auburn University, “Land use change effects on coastal headwater wetland hydrology.” 

2022 

Julia Cherry, Professor and Director, Department of Biological Sciences and New College, University of Alabama, “Interactive effects of nutrient enrichment and wave energy on plant community structure and ecosystem stability in an Alabama tidal marsh.” 

Jasmeet Lamba, Associate Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, “Effect of cover cropping on soil pore properties and nutrient leaching.” 

Jake Nelson, Ann Ojeda, and Stephanie Rogers, Co-Principal Investigators, Assistant Professors, Department of Geosciences, Auburn University, “Building a private well contamination risk model to reduce environmental inequity.”  

2021

Frances O’Donnell Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Jose Vasconcelos Co-Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Benjamin Bowers Co-Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Auburn University, “Water quality dynamics of permeable pavement in Alabama.” 

Kevin Wang Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Alan Wilson, Co-Principal Investigator, Professor, James Stoeckel Co-Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University “Engineering a cost-effective biochar-surfactant system for sorpiton and degradation of PFAS in drinking water and groundwater in Alabama.” 

Yaniv Olshansky Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences, Ann Ojeda Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Geosciences, Auburn University, “Interactions of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl substances with dissolved organic matter as potential contributor to water contamination.” 

2020

Milad Rabbani, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Alabama, “High-performance adsorptive membranes functionalized by super-fine powder activated carbon for enhanced removal of long-chained and sort-chained perfluoroalkyl substances.” 

Brendan Higgins Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University, Co-Principal Investigators: Dusty Kimbrow, City of Auburn, Alabama, Dan Hilyer, City of Opelika, William Kent, Columbus Water Works (GA) “Development of a predictive model for taste and odor episodes in regional drinking water reservoirs.” 

Evan Wujcik Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Leigh Terry Co-Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor, Mark Elliott Co-Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama, “Development of a practical, efficient, and inexpensive sensor for real-time effective determination of trihalomethanes in treated drinking water.” 

 

ABOUT THE AL WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE

About the AWRRI

The AWRRI’s mission is to provide technical information relevant to the conservation and use of Alabama’s water resources. The Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRRI) is one of 54 water resources institutes nationwide authorized by the Federal Water Resources Research Act, administered by the US Geological Survey. The state-based Water Resources Research Institutes are located at land grant universities, like Auburn University, and promote research and information dissemination on the state’s and nation’s water resources problems.

The Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRRI) is a university-based, interdisciplinary, problem-oriented research and technology center with support from the federal government that enables the program to address broad national needs and relevant industrial technology.

The WRRI coordinates research programs that are applicable to the solution of present and emerging water resources problems. In carrying out this mission, the Institute has developed a broadly based research, training, information transfer, and public service program involving personnel from many academic disciplines in the state’s research universities.

Purpose of the Institute

The institute is a university-based, interdisciplinary, problem-oriented research and technology center with support from the Federal Government that enables our program to address broad national needs and relevant industrial technology.

Our goal is to support research and training that is responsive to the identified priority problems of our State and the Southeastern Region of the United States. Virtually all “national” water resources problems are thereby covered. The AWRRI focuses on research proposals that have a high probability of producing useful results and/or attracting more adequate funding based on positive results.

Our Mission

Alabama is blessed with an abundant supply of water. The present management and development of the state’s water resources will largely determine the quality of life for future Alabamians. Water is frequently cited by top state officials as the number one natural resource concern in Alabama. As this state grows, so will the demand on our water resources. Decisions must be made concerning the myriad of inter-related water resources needs – municipal, industrial, and agricultural water supplies; waste-water disposal systems; flood and drought management; recreation areas for fishing, boating, and swimming; and fish/wildlife habitat. In making decisions concerning water resources use, all factors (environmental, economic, and social) must be taken into account. Scientific research provides a technical base of information necessary for decision making.

Objectives

To plan, conduct, and otherwise arrange for competent research that fosters (a) the entry of new research scientists into the water resources fields, (b) the training and education of future water scientists, engineers and technicians, (c) the preliminary exploration of new ideas that address water problems or expand understanding of water and water-related phenomena, and (d) the dissemination of research results to water managers and the public.

To identify major research needs and develop for Alabama and the Southeastern Region short- and long-term research priorities.
To encourage research applying to environmental resources closely associated with water.

To maintain close consultation and collaboration with governmental agencies, public groups, and cooperate closely with other colleges and universities in the state that have demonstrated capabilities for research, information dissemination, and graduate training in order to develop a statewide program designed to resolve state and regional water and related land problems.

Services Provided by the Institute

Research:

The essential ingredient for determining proper policies and practices is factual information. Often such information must be obtained by means of scientific research. The Institute conducts a program that stimulates, sponsors, and provides for research, investigation, and experimentation in the fields of water and of resources as they affect water, and encourages the training of scientists in the fields related to water.

Project Planning Assistance:

Successful management requires planning that not only has access to the best available scientific information, but also involves effective communication and coordination between individuals and groups.

A hallmark of the Institute is its commitment to program management. Continuing fiscal management to the project level and frequent contact with principal investigators and their Department Heads and Deans is bolstered by midyear detailed project reviews. Principal Investigators are specifically advised about information needs and schedules to meet reporting requirements of the granting agencies. The Institute provides financial, editorial, and other assistance to insure that publishable results are made available and made known through appropriate media.

Education and Training:

Students are an integral part of the Institute’s research program as one of the Institute’s primary goals is to transmit, store, and use knowledge to train future scientists.

Although the Institute does not have the responsibility for course instruction leading to a specific degree, it supplements and extends existing programs. It provides a variety of educational opportunities for students and helps them to develop an understanding of the problems of natural resource management at theoretical and practical levels. In many cases, students work on a particular aspect of a research project which then becomes the basis for their Master’s theses or Doctoral dissertations.

The process of having a high level of activity by many people interactively engaged in advancing water science and solving water resources problems is an accumulating investment in human capital. People are training and being trained to deal with the even greater problems of the future. Education is an investment in a trained cadre of experts for the future.

WATER RESOURCES COUNCIL

The Water Resources Council is responsible for recommending research priorities and reviewing and approving faculty research proposals. Established in 1964 to help develop the Institute’s initial program, the Council meets one or two times each year. Members include representatives from state and federal agencies (e.g., Geological Survey of Alabama, Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Alabama Office of Water Resources, United States Geological Survey, Alabama Soil and Water Conservation Committee, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources). Membership also includes cooperating universities (Alabama A&M, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa), industry, and nongovernmental organizations.

  • Eve Brantley (Chair)Auburn University Water Resources Center
  • Tom Littlepage – Alabama Department of Environmental and Community Affairs, Office of Water Resources
  • Bennett Bearden – Geological Survey of Alabama
  • Amy Gill – U.S. Geological Survey; Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
  • Chris L. Johnson – Alabama Department of Environmental Management, Water Division
  • Ross Nazari –  University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Engineering
  • Lee Ellenburg – University of Alabama at Huntsville, Earth System Science Center
  • Pat O’Neil – Cawaco RC&D
  • Wubishet Tadesse – Alabama A&M University, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Joseph Quansah – Tuskegee University, Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
  • Jason Throneberry – The Nature Conservancy of Alabama
  • Todd Fobian – Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Fisheries Section
  • Josh Bruce – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Lynn Sisk – Jacobs Engineering Group Incorporation
  • Michael Gremillion – University of Alabama, Alabama Water Institute
  • VACANT – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

CONTACT US

For inquiries regarding the annual 104(b) RFP and 104(b) research proposals, please contact:

Dr. Adam Newby, newbyaf@auburn.edu or 334-844- 3993