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Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment (KCARE)


The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. This request includes proposals focusing on:

  • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement;
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes. This includes associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure costs;
  • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply (surface and groundwater), including estimation of the physical and/or economic supply of water;
  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management;
  • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence. 

Projects are 1-3 years in duration, and applicants can request federal funds up to $250,000. Contact KCARE for more information about this funding opportunity.


USDA/NRCS has announced FY 2018 funding opportunities for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). CIG awards focus on projects that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. Generally, CIG funds pilot projects, field demonstrations and on-farm conservation research. For 2018, CIG has identified three main priorities: grazinglands (including information access systems, grazing systems and prescribed burning research), soil health (including soil health management systems and soil health assessments), and organic agriculture systems.

CIG projects are funded for up to three years, with a maximum award of $2 million. Interested applicants can read more about cost-sharing requirements, eligibility, and the application process. The due date for proposals is February 26, 2018. Please contact KCARE for ideas on how to develop a successful proposal.


Did we miss something? If you know of any funding opportunities for agricultural research, contact KCARE so we can spread the word!