USGS 104B Grant Program

Call for Pre-Proposals

(FY2020: March 1, 2020-February 28, 2021)

View the RFP (revised 07-23-2019 to include page limit requirements)

We are inviting pre-proposals for research projects that address critical water needs in Arkansas, through the U.S. Geological Survey 104b grant program.

Deadline: August 15, 2019

Questions?:Contact Erin Scott at or call 479-502-9854

Current (FY2019) 104B Projects

The Arkansas Water Resources Center funded four projects selected through external peer review by the Technical Advisory Committee for 2018, including 2 faculty proposals and 2 student proposals with a faculty advisor. 

Faculty Research Projects:

Assessing Water Quality and Biological Impacts of Nonpoint Source Pollution in the Eleven Point and Lower Black River Watersheds

Allyn Dodd, Lyon College

Herbicide Mitigation Potential of Tailwater Recovery Systems in the Cache River Critical Groundwater Area

Cammy Willett, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
Matt Trentman and Jennifer Tank, University of Notre Dame

Student Projects with Faculty Adviser:

Utilization of Biodegradable Hydroponic Growth Media as a Carbon Source for Greenhouse Wastewater Denitrification

Gina Riggio and Kristen Gibson, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Nitroxyl - the Missing Link in NDMA Formation in Chloramine Systems

Huong Pham and Julian Fairey, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

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. With guidance from the Technical Advisory Committee, the Center typically awards multiple larger faculty grants as well as smaller supplemental grants for graduate student research.

Past 104B Projects (FY2018)

Faculty Research Projects:

An InSitu Approach to Harmful Algal Blooms: Simultaneous Treatment of Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins in Natural Water Sources Using Catalytic Nanoparticle Fiber Nets

Lauren Greenlee and Wen Zhang, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Do Stream Phosphorus Dynamics Correspond with Biological Condition in the Lake Conway Point Remove Watershed, Arkansas?

Sally Entrekin, University of Central Arkansas
Matt Trentman and Jennifer Tank, University of Notre Dame

Student Projects with Faculty Adviser:

Overcoming Adoption Barriers to Promote Surface Water Irrigation in the Arkansas Delta Region

Kerr Adams and Kent Kovacs, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

Quantifying Flow Sources and Their Impacts on Water Quality in Forested Ozark Streams

Allyn Dodd, Erik Pollock, and Michelle A. Evans-White, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville