Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Applicants for Four Water Treatment Research Funding Opportunities

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Desalination and Water Purification Research and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Research applications are now being accepted.

Reclamation is seeking applicants for four water treatment research funding opportunities under the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program and Title XVI Water Reclamation and Reuse Program.

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applicants for four water treatment research funding opportunities under the Desalination and Water Purification Research 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.

The DWPR Program has three funding opportunities available. They are:

Research and laboratory scale projects are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates less than two gallons per minutes. Successful applicants will receive up to $150,000 available per applicant. The application process is divided into two phases. Phase one applications are due on January 18, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Phase two applications will be due at the end of March 2017. Applicants are required to provide at least 50-percent non-federal funding. Universities are not required to provide a cost-share but it is encouraged. The funding opportunity announcement is available on http://www.grants.gov by searching BOR-DO-17-F005.

Pilot scale testing projects are typically preceded by research studies that demonstrate that the technology works and usually involve flow rates above one gallon a minute. Successful applicants will receive up to $200,000 per applicant, per year for a total funding of up to $400,000. Phase one applications are due on January 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Phase two applications will be due at the end of March 2017. All applicants are required to provide at least 50-percent non-federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement is available on http://www.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 one applications are due on January 12, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. Phase two applications will be due at the end of March 2017. All applicants are required to provide at least 75-percent non-federal funding. The funding opportunity announcement is available on http://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 in funding for research that can be completed within 36 months. Applications are due on February 6, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST. The funding opportunity announcement is available at http://www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-17-F004.

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

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Peter Soeth
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