Funding Opportunities

The following list of water-related funding opportunities offered through various organizations and agencies is compiled and distributed monthly by the Auburn University Water Resources Center (AUWRC). An updated list is also available online.
 
Opportunities are listed chronologically by deadline with new opportunities highlighted yellow and ongoing, continuous, or TBA listed alphabetically.

Contact wrc@auburn.edu for connections with potential collaborators or for suggested additions to this list. *Please read the solicitations thoroughly and consult the AU Office of Sponsored Programs for details. Note that there may be limited applications through the University and internal application deadlines. Some programs are limited.

Updated December 11, 2020

TitleDeadlineFunding Limit (USD)
Listed by Date
Climate Program Office FY 2021
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
30 Dec 2020
Full Application
Confirmed
$300,000
Implementation of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Ocean Service (NOS)
31 Dec 2020
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$6,000,000
Solid Waste Management Program
Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
31 Dec 2020
Application
Confirmed
$1,000,000
Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
4 Jan 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$10,000,000
National Priorities: Evaluation of Pollutants in Biosolids
Office of Research and Development (ORD)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
5 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
$1,498,000
Viral Pathogen and Surrogate Approaches for Assessing Treatment Performance in Water Reuse
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
6 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
$1,240,000
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
7 Jan 2021
Letter of Intent
Confirmed
$1,000,000
Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks
National Science Foundation (NSF)
11 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
See record
Deployment of Innovative Water Technologies for Very Small Drinking Water Systems, Areas Served by Private Wells and Source Waters
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
12 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
$1,000,000
Biology Integration Institutes
National Science Foundation (NSF)
13 Jan 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$15,000,000
On-the-Ground Programs: Matching Awards Program (MAP)
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
13 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
See record
ecoSolution Grants
Captain Planet Foundation
15 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
$2,500
Research on the Science and Technology Enterprise: Statistics and Surveys – R&D, U.S. S&T Competitiveness, STEM Education, S&T Workforce
National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
15 Jan 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$750,000
Wildfire Risk Reduction/ Wildfire Response
United States Forest Service (USFS)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
15 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
$150,000
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program (BRAG)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
21 Jan 2021
Letter of Intent
Confirmed
$500,000
Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
23 Jan 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$500,000
Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
26 Jan 2021
Application
Confirmed
See record
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
28 Jan 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$50,000
Conservation Research Grants Program
North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA)
31 Jan 2021
Application
Anticipated
$1,000
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
1 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$9,500
EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Office of Education
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
1 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$45,000
Mississippi River Grants
McKnight Foundation
1 Feb 2021
Letter of Inquiry
Anticipated
Not specified
Longleaf Stewardship Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
4 Feb 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$300,000
Secondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grant Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
4 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$300,000
Broad Agency Announcement
United States Department of Defense (DOD)
Department of the Army
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
5 Feb 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Confirmed
See record
The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship
Garden Club of America (GCA)
5 Feb 2021
Application
Anticipated
$3,000
Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA)
Office of Global Programs (OGP)
Office Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
8 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$700,000
Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet
National Center for Environmental Research (NCER)
Office of Research and Development (ORD)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
9 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$100,000
Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact
National Science Foundation (NSF)
9 Feb 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
See record
Science of Science – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (SOS DDRIG)
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
10 Feb 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$100,000
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (ECO-CBET)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
11 Feb 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Confirmed
See record
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems
National Science Foundation (NSF)
12 Feb 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Confirmed
$8,500,000
National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Land Acquisition and Construction Program
National Ocean Service (NOS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
12 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$1,000,000
Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water
Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW)
Office of Water (OW)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
12 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
See record
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants
Richard Gilder Graduate School
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)
16 Feb 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$3,500
Resilient Communities Program
National Fish and Wildlife Program (NFWF)
18 Feb 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Anticipated
$500,000
Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
18 Feb 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$250,000
National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program (NRT)
National Science Foundation (NRT)
25 Feb 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$3,000,000
EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
26 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$1,000,000
Gulf of Mexico Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
26 Feb 2021
Application
Confirmed
$100,000
Ocean Health Grants
11th Hour Racing
1 Mar 2021
Application
Anticipated
$100,000
Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
3 Mar 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$500,000
Coral Reef Conservation Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
17 Mar 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Anticipated
$250,000
Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
National Institute of Food Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
18 Mar 2021
Application
Confirmed
See record
Fishing for Energy (FfE)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
31 Mar 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$300,000
Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grants Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
8 Apr 2021
Application
Confirmed
See record
National Coastal Resilience Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
8 Apr 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$125,000
Acres for America
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
15 Apr 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Anticipated
See record
Graduate Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Southern Region SARE (S-SARE)
1 May 2021
Proposals
Anticipated
$16,500
AGCO National Student Design Competition
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
15 May 2021
Application
Anticipated
$1,250
Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
17 May 2021
Application
Confirmed
See record
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Grant Program
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
29 May 2021
Submission/ Entry
Anticipated
$375,000
Bring Back the Natives
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
4 Jun 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Anticipated
$100,000
Research and Education Grant Call for Proposals
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
Southern Region SARE (S-SARE)
5 Jun 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Anticipated
$400,000
Field Research Grants
Earthwatch Institute
7 Jun 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Anticipated
$80,000
Request for Proposals: Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry
Earthwatch Institute
9 Jun 2021
Preliminary Proposal
Anticipated
$80,000
Turfgrass and Environmental Research Call for Proposals
United States Golf Association (USGA)
26 Jun 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
See record
National Wildlife Refuge Friends Grant Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
30 Jun 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$15,000
Fisheries Innovation Fund – Electronic Monitoring and Reporting Grant Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
1 Jul 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$500,000
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Foundational and Applied Science Program
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
20 Jul 2021
Application
Anticipated
See record
Southeast Aquatics
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
23 Jul 2021
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$350,000
Coastlines and People (CoPe)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
10 Aug 2021
Letter of Intent
Confirmed
$29,500,000
Internship Opportunities
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
18 Aug 2021
Application
Anticipated
See record
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Sites and Supplements
National Science Foundation (NSF)
25 Aug 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$600,000
Coral Special Topics Request for Proposals
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
1 Sep 2021
Application
Anticipated
$300,000
Candidate Species Conservation Fund
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
30 Sep 2021
Application
Confirmed
$500,000
Coastal Program
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
30 Sep 2021
Application
Confirmed
$500,000
Endangered Species Recovery Implementation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
30 Sep 2021
Application
Confirmed
$2,000,000
National Sea Grant College Program 2020-2021 Special Projects
Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
30 Sep 2021
Application
Confirmed
$4,000,000
Partners for Fish and Wildlife
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
30 Sep 2021
Application
Confirmed
$750,000
Advancing Digitizing of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
8 Oct 2021
Full Proposal
Confirmed
 See record
Coastal Management Fellowship
Office for Coastal Management
National Ocean Service (NOS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
17 Jan 2022
Application
Anticipated
$34,000
FY2021 to FY2023 NOAA Broad Agency Announcement (BAA)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
United States Department of Commerce (DOC)
30 Sep 2023
Application
Confirmed
See record

Ongoing and Continuous Opportunities Listed by Name
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Foundational and Applied Science Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Varies
Application
Confirmed
See record
Biological Oceanography Program
Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
See record
Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) 
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)
Continuous Full Proposal ConfirmedSee  record
Climate and Large-Scale Dynamics
National Science Foundation (NSF)
OngoingSee  record
Community Requests
The Coca-Cola Company
Continuous
Application
Confirmed
See  record
Critical Aspects of Sustainability
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
See record
Discretionary Fund, Technical Assistance, and Travel Assistance
Southern Partners Fund
Continuous
Application
Confirmed
Limited submission
$1,500
Division of Environmental Biology (core programs) (DEB)
Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$100,000,000
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)
To be announced
Application
Anticipated
TBA
Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI) 
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Engineering (ENG)
Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI)

Continuous Full Proposal Confirmed
See  record
Environmental Grants and Supports – World Trout Grants Program
Patagonia, Inc.
Continuous
Application
Confirmed
$20,000
Fisheries Innovation Fund
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
To be announced
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$100,000
Fund for Environmental Journalism Grants
Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)
Continuous
Application
Confirmed
$5,000
Grants
Sea Pact
Continuous
Letter of Inquiry
Confirmed
See record
Grassroots Grants Program
BoatU.S. – Boat Owners Association of the United States
Continuous
Letter of Intent
Confirmed
$10,000
Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program (GCCGP)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
To be announced
Full Proposal
Anticipated
$250,000
Humans, Disasters, and the Built Environment
National Science Foundation (NSF)
OngoingSee  record
Hydrologic Sciences
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Geosciences (GEO), Division of Earth Sciences (EAR)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$1,000,000
Improvements to Biological Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (FSML)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$4,200,000
Infrastructure Capacity for Biology (ICB)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$1,200,000
Innovation Corps – National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$12,750,000
Julian Simon Fellowships
Property and Environment Research Center (PERC)
Continuous
Application
Confirmed
See record
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Continuous
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$600,000
National Fish Habitat Action Plan
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Varies
Application
Confirmed
$900,000
NERC Advanced Training Short Courses and Master’s Courses at the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
Varies
Application
Confirmed
See  record
Open Innovation
Unilever
Continuous
Submission/Entry
Confirmed
See record
Paleoclimate
National Science Foundation (NSF)
OngoingSee  record
Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program (ROC Small Grants)
Waitt Foundation
Continuous
Proposals
Confirmed
$20,000
Research Coordination Networks (RCN)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
Varies
Full Proposal
Confirmed
$500,000
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program
United States Department of the Interior (DOI)
National Parks Service (NPS)
Continuous
Application
Confirmed
See record