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

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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 applied research, outreach, and policy analysis that promote the state’s watershed action agenda goals.

Statewide Water Research and Outreach Agenda:

  • Theme A: Water Quality
  • Theme B. Watershed Management
  • Theme C: Climate Change and Resilience
  • Theme D: Urbanization and Infrastructure
  • Theme E. Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Theme F: Water Literacy

For additional information about these program themes, begin here:

Apart from the agenda cited above, funding 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 200213

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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.

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The project start date is negotiable. It can be as early as January 1, but no later than September 1, 2022. 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals must be submitted by researchers 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 Friday, January 14, 2022 close of business.
- Each Principal Investigator will be notified by Monday, February 7, 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 Monday, March 14, 2022.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

New York State Water Resources Institute
230 Riley-Robb Hall
Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY 14853-5701
Phone: 607-254-7163
Fax: 607-255-4449

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