Water Resources Research Act Program

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, supports an annual call for proposals to focus on specific water priorities. Any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in Minnesota is eligible to apply through the Water Resources Center.

There are currently three main competitive grant programs with an annual call for proposals:

  • Per-and Polyfluoroalky Substances (PFAS) Grant
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Grant
  • National Competitive 104g Grants (program priorities vary by year)

Additionally, there are two non-competitive grant opportunities for both faculty and students to collaborate closely with USGS or other federal scientists:

  • Coordination grants
  • Student internship grants

Current projects

Completed projects

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Completed projects

Process guided machine learning for water temperature prediction

Vipin Kumar | Department of Computer Science and Engineering

This project will support methods development for combining advanced artificial intelligence models with process-based models of water temperature, both of which have significant drawbacks when used alone but have the potential to increase predictive accuracy when used together. 

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Research and development toward a linked data system and foundational knowledge network for the Internet of Water

Chris Filstrup | Natural Resources Research Institute

This work builds from existing USGS studies and is developing workflows that support the automation of the pipeline from data collection to trend analysis in order to update trend assessments regularly and provide timely information to stakeholders.

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