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Desalination and Water Purification Research Program

The Desalination Act, Public Law 104-2981 , gives Reclamation the ability to support studies or projects across the country. This led to the Desalination and Water Purification Research and Development (DWPR) Program, where Reclamation partners to develop more cost-effective, technologically efficient ways to desalinate water.This program supports work on innovations under cooperative agreements.

Research and studies are accomplished through financial assistance agreements and contracts with non-Federal entities. Under the DWPR Program, Reclamation can cost-share with a broad range of participants: individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, private entities, public entities (including state and local), and Indian Tribal Governments. The only exclusion is other national government agencies. A competitive, merit-reviewed process is used for making awards with a recommended cost-sharing of 25 to 50% Federal contribution and a maximum Federal funding up to $5 million per year.


Desalination and Water Purification Research Program Seeks Proposals to Improve Water Treatment Technologies

Reclamation is seeking proposals within two funding opportunity announcements to improve water treatment technologies aimed at increasing water management flexibility through new usable water supplies in the United States. The first is for research, laboratory studies and the second is for pilot projects. Reclamation will make a total of up to $1.4 million available for the funding opportunities. Research and laboratory studies may request up to $150,000 and pilot projects may request up to $400,000. Applicants are required to provide at least a 50 percent cost-share utilizing non-federal dollars. Institutions of higher education are not required to provide a cost-share for research and laboratory studies, but it is encouraged.

The funding opportunities are available at www.grants.gov by searching for announcement number R15AS00019 for research and laboratory studies and R15AS00021 for pilot projects. Applications are due on February 16, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. See more.

Project Awards

FY 2015 DWPR Awards ($1.4 million )

FY 2014 DWPR Awards ($1.1 million )

FY 2013 DWPR Awards ($209,891)

FY 2012 DWPR Awards ($1.5 million) (pdf)

FY2011 Awards DWPR ($1.3 million)

Previous Awards (Note no awards were made between 2006 and 2010)

About DWPR

Program Description

Cost Share and Funding Information by State

Solicitation Information


Reports: All reports generated from the DWPR program are listed by report number. (These are also listed within each subject area on the left hand menu).

1 Extensions of PL 104-298 are found in PL 108-7, PL 109-13, PL 109-103, and PL 110-5.