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Washington, D.C. — The Bureau of Reclamation released a funding opportunity through its Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program for fiscal year 2018. This funding opportunity invites private industry, universities, water utilities, and other research sponsors to submit proposals to cost share laboratory scale and pilot scale projects that address DWPR program goals and objectives.

This funding opportunity will support two groups, including (1) laboratory scale projects and (2) pilot scale projects. Separate evaluation criteria and funding will be applied to each group.

Individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial and industrial organizations, private entities, State and local governments, federally funded research and development centers, Tribal governments and organizations, United States-Mexico binational research foundations and inter-university research programs, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

For institutions of higher education and for United States-Mexico binational research foundations and inter-university research programs, non-Federal cost share is not required but highly encouraged. All other applicants must provide at least 75 percent non-Federal cost share.

To view this funding opportunity, please visit www.grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F002. Applicants for desalination and water purification research projects funding must submit their proposals by 4:00 p.m. MDT on Tuesday May 1, 2018.

DWPR’s goals include increasing water supplies, reducing costs and energy consumption, and decreasing the environmental impacts associated with water treatment. This DWPR funding opportunity is seeking proposals to address these issues.

Reclamation’s DWPR Program works with researchers and partners to develop more innovative, cost-effective, and technologically efficient ways to desalinate or treat water. DWPR funding plays a critical role in iterating an idea from the lab to a real-world demonstration, which yields products that serve the water treatment community and attract commercialization interest.

This funding opportunity for desalination and water purification research and technology innovation, the DWPR program is supporting the Department of the Interior’s priorities, including: creating a conservation stewardship legacy second only to Teddy Roosevelt, utilizing our natural resources, and restoring trust with local communities, among others.

To learn more about Reclamation’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Program visit www.usbr.gov/research/dwpr.

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