Now is the time to work on grant applications for opportunities offered by the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program.


The January application deadlines are approaching for four water treatment research funding opportunities being offered by the Bureau of Reclamation under the Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program.

The DWPR Program funding opportunities will provide funding for the full spectrum of technology development and testing to support the commercialization of new desalination and water purification technologies.

The Title XVI Program funding opportunity is focused on moving research to practice by supporting planning-related research to help deploy technologies or processes that are currently available in the industry to help address water supply challenges.

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The DWPR Program has three funding opportunities available, including those for research-and-laboratory-scale projects; pilot-scale testing projects; and full-scale testing projects.

Projects on the research and laboratory scale are typically bench-scale studies involving small flow rates of less than 2 gpm. Successful applicants may receive up to $150,000 available per applicant. The application process is divided into two phases, with Phase 1 applications due Jan. 18, 2017 and Phase 2 application due at the end of March.

Applicants must provide at least 50 percent non-federal funding. Universities aren’t required to provide a cost-share, but the program encourages it. The funding opportunity announcement is available on grants.gov by searching BOR-DO-17-F005.

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The pilot-scale testing projects typically are preceded by research studies that demonstrate that the technology works and usually involve flow rates of more than 1 gpm. Successful applicants will receive up to $200,000 per applicant, per year for a total funding of up to $400,000. Phase 1 applications are due Jan. 12, 2017 and Phase 2 applications are due at the end of March.

All applicants must provide at least 50 percent non-federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement is available on grants.gov by searching BOR-DO-17-F006.

Full-scale testing projects are typically preceded by pilot-scale testing that demonstrates that the technology works. They are at a true full-scale size that could operate at an actual desalination plant. Successful applicants will receive up to $500,000 per applicant per year for a total of up to $1.5 million over three years. Phase 1 applications are due Jan. 12, 2017 and Phase 2 applications are due at the end of March.

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All applicants must provide at least 75 percent non-federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement is available on www.grants.gov by searching BOR-DO-17-F007.

The Title XVI Program will provide funding for research to establish or expand water reuse markets, improve or expand existing water reuse facilities, and streamline the implementation of clean water technology at new facilities.

Up to $75,000 will be provided for projects that can be completed in up to 18 months, $150,000 for projects that can be completed in up to 24 months, and $300,000 for research that can be completed within 36 months.

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Applications are due by Feb. 6, 2017. The funding opportunity announcement is available at grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F004.

To learn more about Title XVI Research Studies and WaterSMART, visit usbr.gov/WaterSMART. To learn more about the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program, visit usbr.gov/research/dwpr.


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