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Grants to New York Researchers and IHE Faculty Members for Studies that Address Water Quality Concerns

Water Resources Research/Outreach Project

GrantWatch ID# 200213
Agency: State

Funding Source
Cornell University - New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
LOI Date: 11/30/22
Deadline: 01/31/23

Grant Description
Grants to New York researchers and faculty members at institutions of higher education for studies that address water quality concerns across the state. Applicants must submit a pre-proposal prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for outreach, applied research, and policy analysis that promote the state’s watershed action agenda goals.

Statewide Water Research and Outreach Agenda:

  • Theme A:  Water Quality
    • Micropollutants & Emerging Contaminants
    • Parameters and Indicators
  • Theme B.  Aquatic Ecosystems
    • Stream Barrier Assessment and Mitigation
    • Riparian Buffer Restoration and Assessment
    • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Theme C: Climate Resilience
    • Building Community Climate Resilience
    • The Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Theme D: Water Infrastructure
    • Assessing Government Infrastructure Programs
    • Roadside and Agricultural Ditches
  • Theme E: Water Literacy and Education
    1. Engage with students, communities, and statewide stakeholders to increase water literacy in NY. 
    2. Partner with State and Federal agencies to improve their water literacy and communication efforts in geographies of interest.
    3. Develop water literacy curriculum, events, and programs for K-12 students.
    4. Evaluate the use of outreach and educational programs in post-flood awareness efforts to reduce community risks/vulnerability to future flood events.
    5. Investigate how watershed outreach and support correlate with stream health. Assess if watershed outreach and stewardship lead to an improved water resource.
    6. Understand how field experiences improve classroom learning and change student attitudes and behavior towards the environment.
    7. Outline what makes an effective and sustainable community science project.
    8. Assess how to make student-collected data appropriately robust for various stakeholders, including the public, decision makers, and scientists.

For additional information about these program themes, begin here:

Funding within specific watersheds and on specific topics may be justified based on the relevance of the proposed work to various watershed and thematic action agendas listed here:

Proposals that do not directly address research and action agenda priorities may advance if they demonstrate exceptional novelty and value as it pertains to emerging critical water resource issues for NYS. Researchers supported through these programs will be expected to work within a broader integrated group and to work closely and collaboratively with WRI staff.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Proposals must be submitted by Principal Investigators affiliated with a university or college based in New York and be qualified to conduct research through their institution's grant application process.

Co-PIs may be from institutions both in or outside of NY and may come from the following:
- Faculty at universities and colleges,
- Researchers at not-for-profit institutions,
- Researchers who are personnel of state or local agencies, and
- Researchers at for-profit institutions or companies.

Pre-Application Information
This WRI funding call is soliciting preliminary proposals (pre-proposals). Following the review process, WRI will either encourage or discourage the submission of full proposals.
Applicants who are encouraged to create full proposals will be required to first engage in one or more scoping conversations with WRI staff in order to generate the most effective work plans.

Application timeline:
- All pre-proposals must be received by Wednesday, November 30th, 2022, close of business.
- Each Principal Investigator will be notified by Wednesday, December 21st, 2022, as to whether or not a full proposal is encouraged.
- For those investigators encouraged to submit full proposals, the deadline for these full proposals will be Tuesday, January 31st, 2023.

If your project is approved, you may be required to formally record your effort to meet a cost-share obligation. Cost-sharing requirements will be waived for proposals requesting $10,000 or less, and that predominantly support student training.

For a list of watershed-based thematic documents, see URL for Full Text (RFP), below.

Estimated Size of Grant
Individual projects should budget for between $10,000 and $40,000 (direct costs), with the potential for additional funds if deemed necessary and approved by WRI.

Term of Contract
The project start date is negotiable. It can be as early as January 1, but no later than September 1, 2023. Project terms will typically be one year in duration from the start date, though requests for no-cost extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information
Completed applications should be emailed to, copying Seth Lutter (

For more information, please contact WRI Director Brian Rahm at, copying

New York State Water Resources Institute
Department of Biological & Environmental Engineering
B60 Riley-Robb Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5701
t 607.254.7163
f 607.255.4449

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