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USBR releases funding opportunity to develop cost-effective desalination technologies

  • USBR releases funding opportunity to develop cost-effective desalination technologies

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Bureau of Reclamation
Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier in the United States, and the nation's second largest producer of hydroelectric power. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits.

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. The goal of the DWPR Program is to increase water supplies by reducing the cost, energy consumption and environmental impacts of treating impaired and otherwise unusable waters.

"Reclamation is interested in research desalination and water purification technologies where the benefits are widespread and where research has a national significance, benefitting a large sector of the public," said Reclamation’s Program Administrator Yuliana Porras-Mendoza.

Funding is available, subject to appropriations, in two areas: laboratory and pilot-scale projects.

  • Laboratory scale projects are typically bench scale studies involving small flow rates. They are used to determine the viability of a novel process, new material or process modification. Federal funding is limited to no more than $250,000 and must be completed within two years.
  • Pilot-scale projects test a novel process at a sufficiently large scale to determine the technical, practical and economic viability of the process and are generally preceded by laboratory studies that demonstrate the technology works. Federal funding is limited to no more than $800,000 per proposal and must be completed within three years.

Applicants must provide at least 75% non-federal cost-share with the exception of institutions of higher education, United States-Mexico binational research foundations and inter-university research programs.

To view this funding opportunity, visit and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F004. Applicants for desalination and water purification research project funding must submit their proposals by 4 p.m. MST on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

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