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.


Current Status

The 2019 and 2020 Applied Science Grants were announced on Feb. 11, 2020.

Proposed Calendar

February 2021

  • Fiscal Year 2021 Funding Opportunity Announcement expected in February 2021.

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: 9/11/20