Water Policy

Funding Opportunities

Faculty Research Incentive Award Program

WRPI is requesting applications for assigned time funding for the 2015-2016 academic year. The purpose of the WRPI Faculty Research Incentive Award Program is to stimulate 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 or promulgate 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 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. 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.

WRPI anticipates making multiple awards for the 2015-2016 academic year, contingent upon continued funding. This document serves as the RFA for Fall 2015 semesters and quarters, Spring 2016 semesters, or for Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters. Assigned time funding is provided based on the system-wide Minimum Annual Rate for Assistant Professor/Lecturer B. At present, this rate is $1,716 per semester weighted teaching unit (WTU) and $1,144 per quarter WTU. Benefits are not included. Funds will be transferred to the award recipient’s College through a Cash Posting Order (CPO) and managed by the respective Dean. Office Awards are not subject to campus indirect costs (facilities and administrative fees[1] ) or any other type of fees from any source.

Please see the attached for Eligibility, Requirements and Limitations, and Application Instructions.

Please note:

  • The deadline to apply is August 24, 2015, 5:00pm Pacific Time.
  • Applications must be submitted through campus pre-award offices.

Please see the “Request for Applications” for more details.

WRPI/USDA Watershed Management Doctoral Scholarship ($40,000)

Applicaiton deadline extended to June 15, 2015!

Through funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Water Resources and Policy Initiative (WRPI) invites applications for the WRPI/USDA Watershed Management Doctoral Scholarship. One (1) $40,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2015. The USDA’s goal of providing this scholarship is to address the underrepresentation of Hispanics/Latinos in professional 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 for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years ($20,000 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.