Network Enrichment Funding Opportunities

Deadline: March 1, 2017 (applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted)


A variety of funding awards are available to Urban Water Innovation Network (UWIN) members to enhance development of research and project collaboration. Funding requests must demonstrate opportunities for enrichment and/or Network-related activities that contribute to UWIN objectives and outcomes.  Recipients will be expected to submit a short summary and 2 photos of their experience for publication on the UWIN website and/or newsletter.

Potential awards include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel Grants – Awards may support travel, program/registration fees, subsistence and other needs deemed legitimate by the review committee. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Attending conferences, professional meetings and/or training
    • Travel to research facilities to collect data or conduct research
    • Travel to UWIN institutions for project collaboration activities
  • Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Support – Awards to assist graduate students complete their thesis or dissertation research, to improve the quality and impact of their research, and/or to support intellectually independent research endeavors if deemed legitimate by the review committee. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Access to libraries, databases, or other information sources not otherwise available
    • Purchase of specialized reagents, supplies, software, or equipment not otherwise available (which will remain the property of your home institution)
    • Specialized training will be eligible for consideration if such training is clearly necessary for the applicant’s thesis/dissertation research
  • Equipment Requests – If equipment items are requested, the proposal must justify the need and purpose of this equipment and why it was not requested in the original NSF proposal
  • Other – original and creative requests with potential for impact within and outside the Network

Requested Materials

  • Proposal Description – include the specific aims or goals for the proposal and provide a clear, detailed account of how the activity impacts UWIN objectives and outcomes.  The project description should be no longer than two pages.
  • Budget and Justification – this section must contain an itemized budget and describe how the potential award will facilitate the UWIN research project and why any supplies and materials expenses cannot be supplied by other sources
    • Awards are determined by the funds available at the time of receipt. In general, enrichment awards can range from $100-$2,500.

Review Process

Proposals are evaluated by the UWIN Management Team; Mazdak Arabi, Gary Pivo, Claire Welty, Michael Sukop, Alan Berkowitz and Kimberly Jones.  Therefore, the proposal should be written for clear understanding by reviewers outside of the applicant’s field of study.  Final selection of proposals will be based on the project’s ability to facilitate interdisciplinary research and interactions between UWIN team members as well as high-impact research products.

Applicants will be notified after a review period of approximately four weeks.

Funds will be made available for reimbursement once all original receipts have been submitted to the central UWIN office at Colorado State University. Normal rules and procedures for business expenses apply.

Questions concerning the application or application process will be directed to the UWIN Management Team via UWIN program coordinator Sarah Millonig: voice: 970.491.3016

Enrichment Activity Reimbursement

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png.
    Please upload your proposal description, budget and justification as a single pdf. See "Requirements" section for full details.

Awardees are encouraged to submit a short summary of their funded activity, check back soon to see how funds have benefited UWIN!