Applied Science Grants

Through WaterSMART, Reclamation provides financial assistance on a competitive basis for Applied Science Grants. Through these grants, Reclamation provides funding to non-Federal entities for the development of tools and information to support water management for multiple uses. Eligible projects include the development of modeling and forecasting tools, hydrologic data platforms, and new data sets. See a full description of eligible project types.

Eligible applicants include States, tribes, irrigation and water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States and territories. Universities, nonprofit research organizations and nonprofit organizations located in the United States are also eligible if they partner with an entity with water delivery authority. See a full description of applicant eligibility.


  • Applied Science Grants Funding Opportunity Available

    The Bureau of Reclamation has published a funding opportunity for the Fiscal Year 2021 WaterSMART Applied Science Grants, which supports for projects to develop hydrologic information and water management tools and improve modeling and forecasting capabilities. Applicants under this opportunity may request funding to develop hydrologic information and water management tools and improve modeling and forecasting capabilities to increase water supply reliability. Applicants may request up to $200,000 for projects to be completed within two years. A 50% non-federal cost share is required. Applications are due on April 21, 2021 at 4 p.m. MDT. Read the Funding Opportunity →

Current Status

Fiscal year 2021 Funding Opportunity Announcement is now available. It closes on April 21, 2021, at 4 p.m. MDT.

Proposed Calendar

February 2021

  • Feb 10: Fiscal Year 2021 Funding Opportunity Available

April 2021

  • April 21: Fiscal year 2021 Funding Opportunity closes.

News Releases

Sept. 11, 2020
Reclamation invests $3.3 million for internal applied science projects to improve modeling, forecasting and data tools

Feb. 11, 2020
Reclamation awards $3.5 million for 19 projects that will inform water management decisions

June 27, 2019
Reclamation makes funding available for applied science grant projects to inform water management decisions

Last Updated: 2/10/21