To fund research activities that are designed to conserve water resources, increase the efficiency of the use of water resources, and/or enhance the management of water resources, including increasing the use of renewable energy in the management and delivery of water.

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Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Paleoflood Hydrology of the Colorado River System, Development of Novel Photobiological Process to Improve Water Management, and Improved Estimation of Reservoir Estimation.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Colorado State University $ 21,584   2022-05-012027-04-30
Utah State University $ 251,718   2021-04-012026-09-30
Center For Snow And Avalanche Studies $ 59,078   2020-10-012025-09-30
New Mexico Institute Of Mining And Technology $ 300,000   2020-08-052023-12-31
University Of California, Merced $ 299,976   2020-08-242023-09-30
Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 295,700   2020-08-102023-09-30
New Mexico State University $ 284,000   2019-08-152023-09-30
Fish And Game, Idaho Dept Of $ 480,000   2019-04-032023-09-30
Rancho California Water District $ 195,000   2020-07-092023-06-30
Boise State University $ 65,066   2021-08-152023-05-10

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: Climate change, environmental, and other research in support of water management in the western United States. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Specific use restrictions are identified within specific program announcements available on

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

In accordance with P.L.

111-11, Section 9504(b), eligible applicants include any: university, nonprofit research institution, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.

In accordance with P.L.

111-11, Section 9509, there are no restrictions on the type of organization eligibility.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public; agricultural, municipal and industrial water users; irrigation or water districts; and state governmental entities with water or power delivery authority.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on

Award Procedures

For competitive awards: Proposals received in response to the Announcement are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the Announcement. Reclamation will make awards to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year. For single-source awards, a Notice of Intent to Award is announced on providing the justification for the noncompetitive research award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 9504(b) and Section 9509, Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, (Public Law 111-11).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. There are no statutory matching requirements under Section 9504(b) or Section 9509. However, specific projects or announcements may require nonfederal cost-share. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are generally awarded for 1 to 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report; and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis an SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 17 $3,466,553; FY 18 est $3,000,000; and FY 19 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $36,000 - $420,000 Average: $105,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Jeremy Black Bureau of Reclamation, Acquisition and Assistance Management Division, Mail Code 84-27850, P.O. Box 25007, Denver Federal Center, Denver, Colorado 80225 Email: Phone: (303)445-2490 Fax: (303)445-6344

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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