Ohio Water Resources Center

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Research Highlights

The Ohio Water Resources Center at The Ohio State University is seeking research proposals to address current water resource issues in the State of Ohio. This annual competition for in-state researchers is held through the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) 104(B) Program with additional support from the Ohio Water Development Authority and Office of Energy and Education at OSU. Approximately $130,000 will be available to fund 3 - 5 one-year research projects. The projects require a cost share of one non-federal dollar for every one federal dollar (1:1 ratio). Indirect cost is not supported by the sponsor, but may be counted as part of the state/local match.

ELIGIBILITY: Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in Ohio is eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to investigators early in their careers. Graduate and/or undergraduate student support is normally expected to be a component of each proposal. 

APPLICATION DATES: The application deadline for Ohio proposals will be 5:00 PM, Friday, October 31, 2014.  Funding decision will be made by January 31, 2015 and the award will be starting March 1, 2015.  Note that the application web site refers to January 15, 2015 as the deadline date for submission This date is the final date for the Institutes to have their proposals reviewed and finalized and is not relevant for the individual researchers.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Proposals under this Announcement will be accepted only through the internet site at https://niwr.net. Prospective applicants (Principal Investigators) must register at that site prior to submitting a proposal. Registration does not obligate the registrant to submit a proposal.  Detailed instructions for applicants are posted here, together with the submission walk-through and example of review form

RESEARCH AREAS: The Ohio Water Resources Center will accept any proposal related to Ohio water resource issues, but will give priority to proposals that address algal blooms & nutrients and water & energy nexus issues. For the list of recently funded proposals see our website: http://wrc.osu.edu/research/past

WATER-ENERGY NEXUS FUNDING FOR OSU INVESTIGATORS: Through a partnership with the Office of Energy and the Environment (OEE) at OSU, up to $50,000 in additional funding is available to OSU investigators.  This funding may be used to reduce the required cost share and/or extend the scope of a research project proposed under the Ohio Water Resources Center grant competition.  In order to qualify for this additional funding, the proposed project must clearly address a problem related to the water-energy nexus. Investigators intending to request this additional funding are asked to contact ohiowrc@osu.edu for guidance on budget preparation.

INQUIRIES: If you have any questions regarding the grant opportunity, please contact Dr. John Lenhart (phone: 614-688-8157; e-mail: lenhart.49@osu.edu), Dr. Linda Weavers (phone: 614-292-4061; e-mail: weavers.1@osu.edu), or Dr. Zuzana Bohrerova (phone: 614-292-2807; e-mail: bohrerova.1@osu.edu). Due to the short time span for review, prior notification to ohiowrc@osu.edu of your intent to submit a proposal and a tentative title is appreciated.

Although Congress has not yet finalized the appropriation process for this fiscal year's program, this call for proposals must be made at this time in order to meet expected program deadlines.


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John Lenhart
417A Hitchcock Hall Associate Professor 614-688-8157 Associate Professor, Civil, Envir & Geod Eng

Linda Weavers
417E Hitchcock Hall Professor 614-292-4061 Professor, Civil, Envir & Geod Eng
Professor, Earth Sciences

Zuzana Bohrerova
311 Hitchcock Hall Associate Director 614-292-2807 Research Specialist, Ohio Water Resources Center