Water quality benefits funding opportunity

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing research to advance knowledge of how changes in water quality, including incremental or step improvements, can be valued at appropriate spatial scales using advanced non-use valuation methods for the nation’s inland fresh water small streams, lakes and rivers, estuaries, coastal waters, and the Great Lakes. For purposes of this Request for Applications, small streams are defined as streams that are perennial and wadeable. 

Award Information

Anticipated type of award: Grant or Cooperative Agreement 
Estimated number of awards: Approximately four regular awards and two early career awards
Anticipated funding amount: Approximately $4 million total for all awards
Potential funding per ward: Up to a total of $800,000 for regular awards and up to a total of $400,000 for early career awards, including direct and indirect costs, with a maximum duration of three years. Cost-sharing is not required. Proposals with budgets exceeding the total award limits will not be considered.

Eligibility Information

Public nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes public institutions of higher education and hospitals) and private nonprofit institutions/organizations (includes private institutions of higher education and hospitals) located in the U.S., state and local governments, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and U.S. territories or possessions are eligible to apply. 

Application Materials

To apply under this solicitation, use the application package available at Grants.gov. The necessary forms for submitting a STAR application will be found on the National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) web site, Forms and Standard Instructions Download Page. If your organization is not currently registered with Grants.gov, you need to allow approximately one month to complete the registration process. Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a DUNS number and a current registration with the System for Award Management and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through Grants.gov and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline. This registration, and electronic submission of your application, must be performed by an authorized representative of your organization.

Solicitation Closing Date: Jan. 14, 2015, 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time (applications must be submitted to Grants.gov by this time).

More information on this funding opportunity can be found on the EPA website.

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