The CSU Water Center invites proposals for Water Research Teams, Water Faculty Fellows, Water and Food Research Teams, and Water Education and Engagement Projects for the 2018-19 academic year. Proposals should help support the mission and goals of the Center through collaboration and creative scholarship.

This RFP targets CSU faculty and staff whose scholarly contributions will be significantly enhanced by receiving the award. We seek proposals from a broad range of disciplines including the biological and physical sciences, the social and human sciences, and engineering fields. Applicants must demonstrate the ability and desire to help position CSU to better address water resource challenges through broad‐based interdisciplinary research, education, and engagement activities.

Click here to view the Center’s three-year strategic plan.

Grant Categories

WATER RESEARCH TEAM

The purpose of this type of grant is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations and leverage funds for water research at CSU. The maximum funding for this grant category is $25,000 for July 1, 2018-May 15, 2019. Proposals must:

  • demonstrate how the project supports the Center’s goals and enhances water scholarship at CSU
  • demonstrate a clear need and impact(s)
  • state how the funding will lead to future research and funding
  • state innovative contributions to the field of inquiry

Special consideration will be given to proposals that develop research teams who plan to pursue external grant(s), engage CSU faculty who are new to water-related research, develop collaborations with external partners, and include students.

WATER FACULTY FELLOW

The purpose of this type of grant is for individual faculty to implement water-related scholarship and build capacity in water research, education, and engagement. Proposals must demonstrate how the interests and goals of the applicant will complement the goals of the Center. Applicants are encouraged to review the Center’s strategic map to learn about the Center’s goals and mission. The maximum funding for this grant category is $10,000 for July 1, 2018-May 15, 2019. Special consideration will be given to faculty who plan to pursue external grant proposals and strengthen partnerships among the CSU water community and external partners.

WATER AND FOOD RESEARCH TEAM

The Water Center and the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) are partnering to fund one two-year grant that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration to address the topics of water and food in Colorado. The maximum funding for this grant category is $50,000 per year for two years. Projects will begin on July 1, 2018 and end on May 15, 2020*. Proposals should develop an interdisciplinary approach leading to:

  • Research advancing water and food systems, climate smart agriculture, and/or water and food security leading to improved sustainability of these resources in Colorado and beyond.
  • Engagement with water and food stakeholders, including off-campus AES faculty and staff.
  • Leveraged funds from internal and/or external resources.

*Funding for year two is contingent based on progress during year one and available funding from the Water Center and AES.

WATER EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS

The purpose of this type of grant is to provide funding for water-related education, outreach, and engagement projects and activities at CSU. This may include hosting a workshop or seminar series, course development/instruction, or organizing a CSU delegation to participate in an international water conference. The maximum funding for this grant category is $5,000 for July 1, 2018-May 15, 2019. Proposals must:

  • identify tangible deliverables and their application
  • demonstrate how the project supports the Center’s mission and goals
  • expand CSU’s presence in the water community

Special consideration will be given to projects/activities that engage the broader CSU water community, include students, and build new partnerships.

Applicant Eligibility

Water Research Team: PI and co-PIs must be a current CSU faculty member or staff researcher. The PI must be eligible to serve as a PI on an external grant.

Water Faculty Fellow: Applicant must be a current CSU faculty member.

Water and Food Research Team: PI must be current CSU faculty member or staff researcher.

Water Education and Engagement Projects: Applicant must be a current CSU faculty or staff member.

Deadline & Submission Requirements

Proposals must be received by 5:00 PM Mountain Time on Friday, March 23, 2018
Submission requirements are available here.

More Information

Contact Reagan Waskom, CSU Water Center Chair, at reagan.waskom@colostate.edu
Learn about past grant recipients here.