Water Policy

Funding Opportunities

Faculty Research Incentive Award Program

Dependent on funding, WRPI annually accepts applications for assigned time funding for CSU faculty. The purpose of the WRPI Faculty Research Incentive Award Program is to provide funding for CSU faculty members to develop and submit full proposals to external funding agencies and organizations for water-related research and educational projects.

Applications to develop full proposals on any fundable topic are eligible, provided they seek to advance knowledge of California's water-related issues and the processes that affect them. In accepting an award, a Principal Investigator (PI) commits to develop and submit a full proposal for external funding through their host campus research office.

Applications from single PIs are permitted, but collaborative applications involving faculty from multiple CSU campuses or UC campuses that promote interdisciplinary, integrative research and/or educational initiatives and that include regional and disciplinary diversity are preferred. Applications seeking assigned time funding to develop new, previously un-submitted full proposals for external funding that are consistent with the WRPI Strategic Plan shall be highly considered. Applicants may also request summer pay, overburden, or payment for student interns. Other uses of funding will be considered on a case by case basis. Applications seeking assigned time to revise and re-submit existing proposals (not previously funded) for external funding will be considered as well with appropriate justification.

Applications are accepted each spring for the following academic year. If you are not yet on our mailing list for notification, please email kfirstenberg@csusb.edu to be added.

2018 WRPI/USDA Water Resources Doctoral Scholarship

Through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) awards the annual WRPI/USDA Water Resources Doctoral Scholarship. One (1) $20,000 scholarship will be awarded annually, dependent upon funding. The USDA’s goal of providing this scholarship is to address the need for professionals from underrepresented groups in careers in the food, agricultural, and natural resource system, as well as the government, and to attain post graduate degrees in the food, agricultural, and natural resource sciences.

Scholarship funds are to be used in pursuit of a Ph.D. and may cover tuition, books, reasonable stipend, computer, travel to one professional conference in their field of study, and travel to a one-week leadership training workshop. Funds must be used over two academic years ($10,000 each year) and they will be given directly to the recipient's university for disbursement to the recipient. The recipient must be classified and retain status as a full-time student in good standing for the duration of this scholarship award. Additionally, the recipient must stay in contact with WRPI in regards to recipient's academic progress (including access to transcripts) and career pathway.

Applications are released each May, so please check back for updates.