Applied Science Grants

Through WaterSMART, Reclamation has funding available for Applied Science Grants. The Applied Science Grants Funding Opportunity seeks proposals to develop tools and information to support the management of water resources for multiple uses. Projects funded under Applied Science Grants inform how drought impacts water management, develop tools and information to inform watershed management, and develop platforms to improve access and use of water resources data by resource managers in the West.

Applicants eligible for funding under the Applied Science Grants include the following entities (must be located in the 17 Western States unless otherwise indicated): States (including states water resources, game and fish, or environmental agencies); tribes; irrigation districts; water districts; other organizations with water or power delivery; and universities, nonprofit research organizations and nonprofit organizations located in the United States.

Ineligible applicants include Federal government entities, for-profit entities, and individuals. All projects will be selected for funding through a competitive process and will be evaluated using established criteria listed in each Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Applied Science Grants were used in the past to support the Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. See the links below.

(Map of Desert and Southern Rockies LCCs)

Southern Rockies LCC Website

Desert LCC Website

National LCC GIS Datasets


Current Status

The Applied Science Grant Funding Opportunity was published and closes on October 30, 2019.

Proposed Calendar

October 2019

  • Oct. 30: Applied Science Grants Applications Due

December 2019

  • Applied Science Grants Selections Expected to be Announced

News Releases

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

September 6, 2017
The Bureau of Reclamation Awards $680,000 in Grants to Seven Applied Science Projects for Water Resource Managers

March 14, 2017
Reclamation Seeks Applicants for Applied Science Projects within the Desert and Southern Rockies Applied Science Grants

Last Updated: 9/11/19