Funding Opportunity: Delaware Watershed Research Fund

The Delaware Watershed Research Fund (DWRF) is an opportunity for research funding intended to complement the broader watershed protection work of the William Penn Foundation.  A total of $5 million is designated for the Delaware Watershed Research Fund to build on the goals of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI), a program working to ensure water quality in the Delaware Basin through restoration, protection, and monitoring of watersheds.

Funding is provided by the William Penn Foundation and administered by the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS).  The DWRF is designed to address key research needs that have been identified in relation to the Delaware Basin and the study of watershed processes.

$4 million was awarded in the first round to 10 interdisciplinary, collaborative project teams in 2016 to perform research within the basin on a range of primarily natural science-related priority topics. (See list of funded projects here).

The final $1 million will be awarded in 2017 to 2 – 4 interdisciplinary and collaborative research teams to perform projects over 1 – 2 years. The priority for these projects is aimed at the human dimensions of natural resource management issues addressed through the Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

Prospective applicants for DWRF grants should be researchers from academic institutions*, non-profit organizations* and public agencies that allow the use of external funds.*Funds from the DWRF are not available to researchers primarily affiliated with the Academy of Natural Sciences or Drexel University.

Please see the RFP for further instructions and requirements. Please contact  anspgrants@drexel.edu with any questions, or to register for the information webinar, which will be held on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 11am, or available hereby Monday, June 12th.

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