Science and Technology Program

About S&T Program

    The Science and Technology Program (S&T) is a Reclamation-wide competitive, merit-based applied research and development program. The program focuses on innovative solutions for water and power challenges in the Western United States for Reclamation water and facility managers and the stakeholders they serve. The program has contributed many of the tools and capabilities Reclamation and western water managers use today.

    Research authorization is conducted under the Reclamation Act of 1902 (PDF, 5.6 MB) and the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (PDF, 2.7 MB).

    Stories & Media
    • Quarterly Magazine

      Summer 2017 - From the Regions

      (Summer 2017) The theme for this issue is “From the Regions,” showcasing research activities led by engineers and scientists in Region and Area Offices.

      While many of the projects funded by the Research and Development Office (R&D) are led by Reclamation's Technical Service Center staff focused on mission-critical field objectives, there are many high-priority projects led by engineers, scientists, and specialists within all of Reclamation’s 17 Western States of the Pacific Northwest, Mid-Pacific, Lower Colorado, Upper Colorado, and Great Plains Regions. Read Issue →

    • NEWS - S&T Program

      FY 2018 Call for Proposals for Reclamation Principal Investigators

      (May 2, 2017) The Research and Development (R&D) Office is seeking internal employee expertise and experience to address the Bureau of Reclamation’s many challenges associated with managing water and generating power in the West.  

      If you know of a problem our agency faces that can be solved through applied research and the development of new tools, methods, or practices, we strongly encourage you to submit a research proposal under the Science and Technology (S&T) Program by June 27, 2017.  Go to the Call for Proposals Google Site (internal Reclamation employees only) →

    • Quarterly Magazine

      Knowledge Stream Open Water Data

      (Spring 2017) Our theme this issue is “Open Water Data,” which adhere to goals of making Federal datasets related to water resources more accessible to citizens and the private sector in order to benefit the economy and provide better decision support.

      The Science and Technology (S&T) Program in the Research and Development Office (R&D) is supporting a variety of Open Water Data activities, such as: The Federal Open Water Data Initiative and other drivers; Bureau-wide teams, including the Reclamation Data Council and the Open Data Team; Foundational information systems consolidating and centrally publishing water and related datasets, including the Reclamation Water Information System (RWIS); and more! Read Issue →

    • News - S&T Program

      Bureau of Reclamation Makes Water and Related Data Available for Easy Download and Use

      Colorado River near Blythe, California(Apr. 27, 2017) The Bureau of Reclamation is making its water data publicly available and easily accessible through a new open data pilot project. The Reclamation Water Information System consolidates and publishes water and related data from throughout Reclamation, which makes it easier to locate and access.

      The site is available at

      "While Reclamation has always made this water data available, we are excited to move it into a one-stop-shop format that is accessible to everyone," Acting Commissioner David Murillo said. “This provides more transparency about our operations for the public.” Read More →

    • Quarterly Magazine

      Knowledge Stream Year in Review

      (Winter 2017) This issue highlights Research and Development Office (R&D) fiscal year (FY) 2016 accomplishments toward addressing the many technical challenges facing Reclamation as it manages, develops, and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner.

      These accomplishments were the result of funding support from two R&D programs (Science and Technology Program and Desalination and Water Purification Research Program), and through the many project-level collaborations involving Reclamation’s Denver and Regional Offices, other Federal agencies, and non-Federal organizations. Read Issue →

Last Updated: 8/16/17