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 October 7, 2020

TitleDeadlineFunding Limit (USD)
Listed by Date
Coastal Management Fellowship United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS) Office for Coastal Management11 Oct 2020 Proposals Anticipated$34,000
Disney Conservation Fund: Annual Conservation Grants Walt Disney Company18 Oct 2020 Letter of Inquiry Anticipated Limited submission$50,000
Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) National Science Foundation (NSF)20 Oct 2020See record
Professional Development Grant Program United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Southern Region SARE (S-SARE)20 Oct 2020 Full Proposal Confirmed$80,000
Alan T. Waterman Award National Science Foundation (NSF) National Science Board (NSB)21 Oct 2020 Nomination Confirmed$1,000,000
Proposals for Community Instruments and Facilities (CIF) National Science Foundation (NSF)21 Oct 2020 Letter of Intent Confirmed$1,250,000
Species Recovery Grants to States (Section 6 Program) United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)29 Oct 2020 Application Confirmed$250,000
Faculty Grants Lemelson Foundation VentureWell (Formerly National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA))4 Nov 2020 Application Confirmed$30,000
Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grants United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)4 Nov 2020 Application Confirmed$5,000,000
Center for Early Lifestage Vulnerabilities to Environmental Stressors United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)12 Nov 2020 Application Confirmed$1,900,000
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) United States Department of the Interior (DOI) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)13 Nov 2020 Proposals Confirmed$800,000
ROSES 2020: Science Team for the OCO Missions National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)13 Nov 2020 Notice of Intent Confirmed$3,500,000
Producer Grant Program United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Southern Region SARE (S-SARE)15 Nov 2020 Proposals Anticipated Limited submission$20,000
Richard H.G. Bonnycastle Graduate Fellowships – Bonnycastle Fellowship for Prairie Ecosystem Studies and Bonnycastle Fellowship in Wetland and Waterfowl Biology Ducks Unlimited Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR)15 Nov 2020 Application Anticipated$17,000
Dynamics of Integrated Socio-Environmental Systems (DISES) National Science Foundation16 Nov 2020 Full Proposal Confirmed$18,000,000
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE: GEOPAths) National Science Foundation (NSF)17 Nov 2020 Letter of Intent Confirmed$6,000,000
Centers of Excellence at 1890 Institutions (1890 COEs) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)18 Nov 2020 Application Confirmed 
Climate Program Office United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)30 Nov 2020 Application Confirmed$300,000
Conservation Grants SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund30 Nov 2020 Application Anticipated$25,000
Teacher at Sea Program United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)30 Nov 2020 Application AnticipatedSee record
North American Rolex Scholarship Our World – Underwater Scholarship Society1 Dec 2020 Application Anticipated$25,000
Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – Carbon Cycle Science National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD)3 Dec 2020 Proposals ConfirmedSee record
On-Farm Research Grant Program United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Southern Region SARE (S-SARE)6 Dec 2020 Proposal Anticipated Limited submission$15,000
AWWA Scholarships American Water Works Association (AWWA)21 Dec 2020 Application Confirmed$10,000
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
Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks National Science Foundation (NSF)11 Jan 2021 Application Confirmed$31,000,000
Biology Integration Institutes National Science Foundation (NSF)13 Jan 2021 Full Proposal Confirmed$15,000,000
ecoSolution Grants Captain Planet Foundation15 Jan 2021 Application Confirmed$2,500
Women and Minorities in STEM Fields United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)21 Jan 2021 Application Confirmed$100,000
Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley Restoration Fund National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)23 Jan 2021 Full Proposal Anticipated$500,000
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)30 Jan 2021 Full Proposal Anticipated$50,000
Conservation Research Grants Program North American Native Fishes Association (NANFA)31 Jan 2021 Application Anticipated$1,000
Mississippi River Grants McKnight Foundation1 Feb 2021 Letter of Inquiry AnticipatedNot specified
Secondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grant Program United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)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 ConfirmedSee record
The Elizabeth Gardner Norweb Summer Environmental Studies Scholarship Garden Club of America (GCA)5 Feb 2021 Application Anticipated$3,000
Longleaf Stewardship Fund National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)6 Feb 2021 Full Proposal Anticipated$300,000
Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact National Science Foundation (NSF)9 Feb 2021 Full Proposal ConfirmedSee record
Environmental Convergence Opportunities in Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems National Science Foundation (NSF)12 Feb 2021 Preliminary Proposal Confirmed$8,500,000
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)20 Feb 2021 Full Proposal Anticipated$250,000
EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) National Science Foundation (NSF)26 Feb 2021 Application Confirmed$1,000,000
Ocean Health Grants 11th Hour Racing1 Mar 2021 Application Anticipated$100,000
Coral Reef Conservation Fund National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)17 Mar 2021 Preliminary Proposal Anticipated$250,000
Fishing for Energy (FfE) National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)31 Mar 2021 Full Proposal Anticipated$300,000
National Coastal Resilience Fund National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)8 Apr 2021 Full Proposal Anticipated$125,000
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
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 Institute7 Jun 2021 Preliminary Proposal Anticipated$80,000
Request for Proposals: Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Earthwatch Institute9 Jun 2021 Preliminary Proposal Anticipated$80,000
Cooperative Research Units Program United States Department of the Interior (DOI) U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)18 Jun 2021 Full Proposal Confirmed$1,000,000
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
Southeast Aquatics National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)23 Jul 2021 Full Proposal Anticipated$350,000
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

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 ConfirmedSee 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 ConfirmedSee record
Discretionary Fund, Technical Assistance, and Travel Assistance Southern Partners FundContinuous Application Confirmed Limited submission$1,500
Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF)To be announced Application AnticipatedTBA
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 PactContinuous Letter of Inquiry ConfirmedSee record
Grassroots Grants Program BoatU.S. – Boat Owners Association of the United StatesContinuous 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 ConfirmedSee 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 UnileverContinuous Submission/Entry ConfirmedSee record
Paleoclimate
National Science Foundation (NSF)
OngoingSee  record
Rapid Ocean Conservation (ROC) Grants Program (ROC Small Grants) Waitt FoundationContinuous 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 ConfirmedSee record