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Grants and Funding Opportunities

New York State Water Resources Institute coordinates several grants programs to support research and education on critical water resource issues facing New York.

New York State Water Resources Institute Grant Competition

Each fall, the New York State Water Resources Institute (WRI) and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) invite researchers from across the state to submit pre-proposals for applied research, outreach, and policy analysis to WRI in support of WRI’s statewide water resource research and outreach agenda, and the state’s watershed action agenda goals. The primary objective of this funding opportunity is to provide research and assessment support to watershed-based management, policy, outreach, and education. The 2023 Request for Proposals is available here:

2023 Request for Proposals

Research & Outreach Agenda and Priorities

WRI has established a Research and Outreach Agenda to address critical water resource issues in NYS. Proposals seeking funding through the 2023 Request for Proposals should address the items within this document.

Statewide Research and Outreach Agenda


In addition to the specific needs identified in our agenda, WRI is also interested in broadly supporting important water resources research and outreach throughout New York State. Apart from the agenda cited above, funding through this call may be justified based on the relevance of the proposed work to various watershed and thematic action agendas (see below). Proposals that do not directly address research/outreach and action agenda priorities may advance if they demonstrate exceptional novelty and value as it pertains to emerging critical water resource issues for NYS. Researchers supported through these programs will be expected to work within a broader integrated group and to work closely and collaboratively with WRI staff.

Watershed-based and Thematic Documents

Hudson River Estuary Program

Mohawk River Basin Program

  • Action Agenda
  • Liaison: Kathy Czajkowski (

Great Lakes Basin Program

Aquatic Invasive Species Program

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion