USGS 104B Grant

About the US Geological Survey 104B Competitive Grants Program

Section 104B of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 authorized the formation of water research institutes in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Guam. These 54 institutes are known as the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Each state receives funding from the US Geological Survey to support, coordinate and facilitate water research. Each year, the AWRC solicits research proposals as part of the 104B Program. The Center typically awards multiple larger faculty grants as well as smaller supplemental grants for graduate student research.

Application Process for FY2017

Revision to RFP:

Note that the previously published Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP) has recently been revised and replaced. Click here for the revised RFP. Specifically, researchers investigating the following topics are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Phosphorus sources and transport
  • Edge of field monitoring (especially a survey of existing data in Arkansas).

The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and the US Geological Survey are encouraging Centers that are located within the Mississippi River Basin to conduct complimentary research. The goal of this coordinated research effort is to develop a data or information base that can ultimately support a competitive regional water proposal at a much larger scale to address the largest water quality issues in our region.


All water faculty at accredited universities in Arkansas are encouraged to apply! Students with a faculty advisor are also eligible to apply for a smaller student grant that supplements current research activities. 


We anticipate funding faculty research up to $25,000 and student research up to $5,000.


Pre-proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm on September 2, 2016 by emailing all components as a single pdf to

Pre-Proposal Application Process and Final Proposal Requirements:

Current (FY2016) 104 B Projects

The Arkansas Water Resources Center funded seven projects selected through external peer review by the Technical Advisory Committee in 2016, including 3 faculty proposals and 4 student proposals with a faculty advisor. 


Faculty Research Projects:

Partitioning Rice Field Evaporation into Evaporation and Transpiration Components; Benjamin R.K. Runkle, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Comparative Microbial Community Dynamics in a Karst Aquifer System and Proximal Surface STream in Northwest Arkansas; Matthew Covington and Kristen Gibson, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Biological and Ecological Consequences of Sub-Lethal Ion Concentrations on Microbial and Macroinvertebrate Detritivores; Sally Entrekin and Michelle Evans-White, University of Central Arkansas and University of Arkansas - Fayetteville


Student Projects with Faculty Adviser:

Investigating Fate of Engineered Nanoparticles in Wastewater Biofilms; Connie Walden and Wen Zhang, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Tracking the Growth of on-Site Irrigation Infrastructure in the Arkansas Delta with Remote Sensing Analysis; Grant West and Kent Kovacs, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Characterization of Nutrient Sources, Transport Pathways, and Transformation Using Stable Isotope and Geochemical Tools in the Big Creek Watershed of Northwest Arkansas; Kelly Sokolosky and Phillip Hays, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Does Macrograzer Activity Drive Seasonal Variations in Algal Biomass in Ozark Streams?; Kayla Sayre and Michelle Evans-White, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville