MSU Center for Water Sciences
All CWS funding programs have ended. These pages are presented for reference information only.
CWS promotes the development of interdisciplinary teams to advance scientific research and knowledge for understanding, protecting, and restoring water resources and their sustainable use by humans and ecosystems around the Great Lakes and the world. To accomplish this mission, the Center awarded funds for innovative research programs in water science.
2012 Programs (No longer accepting proposals)
CWS is offering two funding programs in collaboration with the Environmental Science and Policy Program. These grow out of MSU's recent Blue-Ribbon Panel Report on Water, which outlined a broad range of strategies aimed at positioning MSU as a global leader in water science, emphasizing "big opportunities" in water research.
Water Initiative Research Grants 2012 RFP (click on title for pdf of full RFP)
The Water Initiative Research Grants (WIRG) are intended to support interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research efforts that advance water sciences (broadly defined) and lead to application for major external funding. The Center for Water Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy Program administer grants, with additional funding from Michigan AgBio Research.
Proposals are due February 1, 2013 by 5pm.
Visiting Water Scholar Program (click on title for pdf of full RFP)
The Visiting Water Scholar Program (VWSP) will bring experts to MSU for extended visits with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary initiatives through symposia, workshops, and other active engagement with researchers on campus. The Center for Water Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy Program administer grants, with additional funding from Michigan AgBio Research.
Accepting proposals, open deadline.
2005-2011 Programs (no longer accepting proposals)
ESPP - CWS Innovation Grants (2010)
The Center for Water Sciences and Environmental Science and Policy Program provided funding (with assistance from the Institute of Water Research) to enhancing collaborations on campus that focus on water.
- Arika Ligmann-Zielinska (lead), "Lakes as Complex Socio-Ecological Systems: Exploring the Causalities between Human Land Use Decisions and Landscape Limnological Processes to Inform Sustainable Water Conservation Policies"
- Mark Axelrod (lead), "Sustainable Aquifer Management under Enhanced Turkey-Syria Relations"
- Susan Masten (lead), "Use of X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy to Study the Reduction of U(VI) by Zero Valent Iron"
The primary purpose of the venture grant program was to fund new investigators and to provide “seed” money for projects that would be used to obtain grants through other mechanisms. The Center supported the enhancement of analytical facilities that provide services for core research projects.Venture grants averaged $10,000 and RFPs are announced twice each year.
Post-doctoral Fellowship Grants
The purpose of the CWS Post-doctoral Research Associate Funding Program was to provide support to faculty members for a post-doctoral associate in order to stimulate research efforts. Outcomes of these grants included external funding and peer-reviewed publications.
CWS supported laboratory infrastructure to meet its mission of advancing scientific research and knowledge for understanding, protecting, and restoring water resources and their sustainable use by humans and ecosystems around the Great Lakes and the world. The purpose of the Infrastructure Support program was to build capacity on campus and provide services to the MSU community and the state of Michigan.
- One or more of the investigators must be a CWS faculty member
- Project must be relevant to the CWS mission.
- Project must be multi-disciplinary.
Faculty receiving funding will be expected to:
- Submit a one-page summary of progress made 12 months after funding is awarded. Reports should include any/all publications, including abstracts presented at national and local meetings that are derived from the project.
- Acknowledge CWS in all publications that result from work supported or partially supported with CWS resources such as: “This material is based upon work supported in part by the Center for Water Sciences at Michigan State University.”
- Participate in Center activities, such as review committees, seminars, and workgroup meetings.
- Provide a summary of project results to CWS to be posted on the Center web site
- Agree to add data sets or information on new methods or techniques to CWS resource database
Click title above for a description of CWS's priority research areas.