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Bureau of Reclamation Seeks Innovative Water Treatment Prototypes and Pilot Scale Projects

Unique funding opportunity will also include in-person presentation at Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility as part of application process

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: June 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – A new funding opportunity is now available from the Bureau of Reclamation seeking innovative water treatment prototypes and pilot-scale projects that are ready to test with real water. Through this funding opportunity Reclamation is supporting President Obama’s vision for promoting and investing in breakthrough technologies for water resources, building on the White House Roundtable on Water Innovation in December 2015.

Through these projects, Reclamation is seeking to to reduce the costs, energy requirements, and environmental impacts of treating impaired and unusable waters, in order to build new water supplies and support the drought stricken West.

The screening of applications will be done in two phases. In the first phase, the review will be completed by an application review committee and the applications will be ranked. A select group of applications will be selected to move on to the second phase. Those applicants will be invited to the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, to present their proposals. A panel will rank the final group of applications.

Those eligible to apply for this funding announcement include: individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, federally funded research and development centers, private entities, public entities (including state and local), or Indian Tribal Governments. Federal government entities are not eligible to apply.

Reclamation will provide up to $100,000 per project. It anticipates selecting one to three projects under this funding opportunity. No cost-share is required but it is highly recommended.

This funding opportunity is being funded by Reclamation's Science and Technology Program. Through this program, Reclamation is forming partnerships with private industry, universities, water utilities, and others to address a need for innovative new technologies and processes in the area of water treatment.

This funding opportunity is available on by searching for funding opportunity announcement number BOR-DO-16-015. Applications are due on July 27, 2016. To learn more about the science and technology program, please visit

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