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Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI)

The Kansas Water Resources Institute (KWRI) develops and supports research on high priority water resource problems and objectives, as identified through the state water planning process.  It is also designed to facilitate effective communication between water resources professionals and to foster the dissemination and application of research results.

KWRI is funded by a combination of federal funds through the U.S. Geological Survey and non-federal funds from state and other sources.  It is part of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR).  NIWR provides a national platform for research, training and collaboration. 

KWRI's Mission: The Kansas Water Resources Institute develops and supports research on high priority water resource problems and objectives, as identified through the state water plan.  KWRI facilitates effective communication between water resources professionals and helps disseminate and apply research results.

Kansas Water Resources Institute Summary

Current KWRI Projects

The KWRI FY 2020 newsletter cover. In the upper right hand corner, there is a photo of a woman in jeans, kneeling by the side of a stream, wearing safety glasses and holding a water testing jar in front of her. Behind this photo is a blue sky reflected in a calm river. The contents of the newsletter are described.

Funding opportunities

Kansas Water Resources Institute 104(b) Program

The RFP is closed for this year's 104(b) program, which is open to faculty and research staff at all Kansas state universities. Funded projects will support research that explores new ideas to address water problems in Kansas and expands understanding of water and related phenomena within the Kansas context.

KWRI expects to fund up to four grants of up to $50,000 each. Projects will be funded for 24 months. Watch this space to learn more about the funded projects

For those interested, the full RFP included additional information about submissions and proposal review; those interested in additional information can contact KCARE.

Water Resources Research Act Program National Competitve Grants FY2022

These three separate grants from the United State Geological Survey (USGS), are open to any investigator at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States. This RFP encourages proposals with substantial collaboration between USGS and university scientists. Proposals may be for projects of one to three years in duration, and may request up to $250,000 in federal funds (match required).

This competitive grant program focuses on water problems and issues of a regional or interstate nature beyond those of concern only to a single state and which relate to specific program priorities identified jointly by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and the Water Resources Research Institutes. Links to each grant, with details about research priorities, are below.

The deadline for these grants has passed. Those with questions can contact KCARE.

Grant Program Announcement: 104(g) General
Grant Program Announcement: Aquatic Invasive Species
Grant Program Announcement: Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances (PFAS)


About NIWR

The National Institutes of Water Resources (NIWR) addresses water-related concerns across the nation. The 54 member institutes, located at land grant universities as well as in each of the four U.S. territories, use research, training, and collaboration at the state level to identify priorities and answer questions about water management.

The institutes use the unique expertise found at universities, paired with education and outreach capabilities to fund solutions for water management challenges. This knowledge is deep and broad, allowing for a laser focus on the water issues and policies specific to each state. Starting from the local level, the institutes’ successes create a flood of positive impacts across the United States.

Want to learn more about NIWR? Visit their website for news, events, and other information. You can also download the NIWR Factsheet for information about the institutes and highlighted research projects.

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