R.I. Water Resources Center

1 Lippitt Road, 113 Bliss Hall, Kingston, RI

riwrc@egr.uri.edu – 401.874.2696

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Request for Proposals

The Rhode Island Water Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island is issuing a call for mini-grant research proposals for the FY-2019 Annual Water Resources Research Program sponsored jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey of the Department of Interior and the University of Rhode Island. Research or technology transfer project proposals addressing water resource problems of importance to the State of Rhode Island are solicited from faculty members or affiliates at institutions of higher education in Rhode Island.

Research proposals submitted under this RFP may be for a one-year duration only.

Projects may include research or information dissemination activities in one or more of the following areas, broadly interpreted:

  • Technology Transfer
  • Drinking Water Supply
  • Urban Water Resources Management
  • Contaminant Fate, Transport, Effect and Removal

Proposals will not be considered in the following cases:

  1. Research on health effects involving human subjects.
  2. Research involving oceanography.
  3. Proposals submitted by investigators who have not met reporting requirements on a previous award by USGS.

It is estimated that two or three mini projects will be supported by this program. Note that there is a matching requirement: each proposal must match each Federal dollar provided, with no less than two dollars from non-federal sources. Matching funds may contain indirect costs and non-federal salaries and benefits. Federal funds may not be used to pay indirect costs.

The schedule for developing the FY-2019 program is as follows:

  • December 30, 2019, 4:30 pm US/Eastern, deadline for submitting proposals to the Rhode Island Water Resources Center
  • March 1, 2020, anticipated starting date for projects

The proposals will be reviewed based on their technical merit, meeting the research or technical transfer needs of Rhode Island, and the support of graduate and undergraduate students.

One of the purposes of this program is to provide seed money for junior faculty to develop ideas for submission for larger grants. Preference will be given to junior faculty.

Application Instructions

Email proposal in WORD file and contact information to lt@uri.edu.

Send the following to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, attention Leon Thiem:

  • A copy of the full proposal.
  • Signed Matching funds certification letter.

Note: The due date to submit proposal to RIWRC is December 30, 2019, 4:30 pm US/Eastern.

Contact Information of RIWRC

Dr. Leon Thiem
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
1 Lippitt Rd
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881
phone: 874-2693
e-mail: lt@uri.edu

Proposal Guidelines
Each proposal shall consist of the following 24 elements.

  1. Title. Concise but descriptive.
  2. Project Type. Choose from the following: Research, Information Transfer,
    Information Management System, Education, or Other (please specify).
  3. Focus Categories. Choose a maximum of three focus categories from the list provided (Attachment A), with the most preferred focus category first.
  4. Research Category. Choose from the following the one category that most closely applies: Social Sciences, Ground-water Flow and Transport, Water Quality, Biological Sciences, Engineering, or Climate and Hydrologic Processes.
  5. Keywords. Enter keywords of your choice descriptive of the work.
  6. Start Date. Enter the actual beginning date for the project.
  7. End Date. Enter the estimated end date for the project.
  8. Principal investigator(s). Provide name, academic rank, university, email address and phone number of the principal investigators.
  9. Congressional District of the university where the work is to be conducted.
  10. Abstract. Provide a brief (one-page) description of the problem, methods, and objectives in the space provided at the Internet site.
  11. Budget Breakdown, as requested by the Web form (See Attachment B).
  12. Budget Justification, as requested by the Web form (See Attachment C).
  13. Budget Summary, as requested by the Web form (See Attachment D).
  14. Title. Please use the same title as was entered in the Web form under item 1, above.
  15. Statement of regional or State water problem. Include an explanation of the need for the project, who wants it, and why.
  16. Statement of results or benefits. Specify the type of information that is to be gained and how it will be used.
  17. Nature, scope, and objectives of the project, including a timeline of activities.
  18. Methods, procedures, and facilities. Provide enough information to permit evaluation of the technical adequacy of the approach to satisfy the objectives.
  19. Related research. (Research projects only) Show by literature and communication citations the similarities and dissimilarities of the proposed project to completed or on-going work on the same topic.
  20. Training Potential. Estimate the number of graduate and undergraduate students, by degree level, who are expected to receive training in the project.
  21. Statement of Government Involvement. If a Federal employee will collaborate on the project, provide a detailed description of the role and responsibilities of the Federal collaborator in the proposed research project.
  22. Information Transfer Plan. Describe the plan for disseminating information on the results of the research and promoting their application. Each plan should define the subject matter and the problems to be addressed, identify the target audience, indicate the strategies to be employed (e.g., workshops, publications), and identify the cooperators (e.g., Cooperative Extension Service).
  23. Literature Citations/References
  24. Investigator’s qualifications. Include resume(s) of the principal investigator(s). No resume shall exceed two pages or list more than 15 pertinent publications.


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