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Funding Opportunities

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Faculty Research Incentive Award Program

Call for applications is posted each spring for the following academic year 

WRPI accepts applications for assigned time funding for CSU faculty, annually, each spring.

The purpose of the WRPI Faculty Research Incentive Award Program is to provide funding for CSU faculty members to develop and submit full proposals to external funding agencies and organizations for water-related research and educational projects.

  • Applications to develop full proposals on any fundable topic are eligible, provided they seek to advance knowledge of California's water-related issues and the processes that affect them.
  • In accepting an award, a Principal Investigator (PI) commits to develop and submit a full proposal for external funding through their host campus research office.
  • Applications from single PIs are permitted, but collaborative applications involving faculty from multiple CSU campuses or UC campuses that promote interdisciplinary, integrative research and/or educational initiatives and that include regional and disciplinary diversity are preferred.
  • Applications seeking assigned time funding to develop new, previously un-submitted full proposals for external funding that are consistent with the WRPI Strategic Plan shall be highly considered.
  • Applicants may also request summer pay, overburden, or payment for student interns.
  • Other uses of funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applications seeking assigned time to revise and re-submit existing proposals (not previously funded) for external funding will be considered, as well, with appropriate justification.​

WRPI Faculty Researc​h Travel Program 

Call for applications is posted each spring for the following academic year

​Dependent on funding, WRPI will hold an annual competition for faculty for research travel, not to exceed $10,000 total. The purpose of the program is to provide supplemental funding for CSU faculty members who must travel as part of their research. Research must pertain to water-related issues and processes that can be applied to California. The call for applications will be released in fall 2019.​

Award details:

  • Research must be related to water in California and the WRPI mission.
  • Applications must provide a detailed description of the context of the trip.
  • Allowable activities include conference presentations, field work and similar projects.
  • ​Funding is capped at $1,500 per faculty member.
  • Faculty members are limited to one award per year. Travel must be completed before reapplication and within one year of award.
  • Faculty must provide written summary of related work and photos for inclusion in WRPI Annual Report.
  • Receipts must be included with the standard CSU state travel claim form.


WRPI Event Co-Sponsorship Program

Call for applications is posted each spring for the following academic year​

​Dependent on funding, WRPI will hold an annual competition to co-sponsor and co-brand water-related events hosted by CSU colleagues, not to exceed $10,000 total. This is an opportunity to market WRPI to a wider audience. The call for applications will be released in fall 2019. 

Award details:

  • Event must be related to water in California and the WRPI mission.
  • Applications must provide a detailed description of the event.
  • WRPI must be branded into event material, and when appropriate, be given an opportunity to speak.
  • Funding is capped at $1,500 per event.
  • Faculty members are limited to one award per year. Event must be held before reapplication and within one year of award.