Research Grants


We are not accepting applications for research grants at this time. Please check this site regularly for further announcements.

The Green Water-Infrastructure Academy (GWI Academy) will award competitive research grants of up to $25,000 to faculty at any accredited public or private college or university (including community colleges) within the United States. The number of available awards may vary each year depending on available resources and number of qualified applicants.  Research proposals are due December 31 each year. Successful applications will be announced by March 31 the following year. The GWI Academy reserves the right to not award any award within any year.  The GWI Academy will acknowledge receipt of all applications within 30 days. Name and affiliation of successful applicants will be posted on the GWI Academy website.

Research Proposal Criteria

  • All research must meet the mission of GWI Academy in promoting decentralized green water- infrastructure in urban areas.
  • Preference will be given to cross-disciplinary research teams, including both natural scientists and socio-economic experts.
  • The proposal theme may be fundamental or applied research that must be related to decentralized green water-infrastructure
  • Proposal budget may include laboratory and field research costs, graduate and undergraduate student support, and conference travel. Faculty salary support is not allowed.
  • Proposals developed in partnership with businesses, governmental organizations, and/or academic institutions are strongly encouraged.
  • The proposal length must be within 10 pages (Times New Roman font 11) including, figures, tables and reference citations.
  • The research proposal must include the following parts:
    • Title of proposal
    • Statement for research justification
    • Research goal and specific objectives
    • Research methods
    • Expected outcomes
    • Project time line and duration (up to 2 years)
    • List of partnerships (include letters of collaboration as attachment)
    • One-page itemized budget (not included in 10 page limit)
    • In-kind support evidence in the budget is encouraged but not required
    • Two-page professional biography for all principal investigators (as attachment)
    • The proposal must be submitted through the applicant’s institution with required signatures
  • Applications must be submitted as one PDF document.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned and not reviewed.
  • If approved, grant monies will be provided to the academic institution of the primary investigator for management.
  • The managing institution may claim up to 5% of the grant as overhead costs (applicants must keep this in mind when completing their budget, as this amount will not increase the amount of the grant over GWI Academy’s limit of $25,000).
  • Any academic publications, technical reports, conference presentations, or other publishable materials produced, as a result of the funded research, must acknowledge funding from GWI Academy.
  • If funded projects exceed one-year, an annual progress report must be submitted to GWI Academy.
  • The GWI Academy will fund projects on a competitive basis from the pool of its available funds unless a specific research objective is identified by a donor providing funds for that particular objective.
  • Any amount awarded by GWI Academy may be spent on a specific objective of the project with a measurable outcome that should be clearly described in the proposal.
  • Awardees can seek additional funding from other sources.