Desalination and Water Purification Research (DWPR) Program Fiscal Year 2017 Pilot Scale Testing Projects

Funding Agency:
Department of the Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) Desalination and Water Purification Research Program (DWPR) works with Reclamation researchers and partners to develop more innovative, cost-effective, and technology efficient ways to desalinate water. DWPR funding plays a critical role in iterating an idea from the lab through to a real-world demonstration that can both attract industry commercialization and serve the water treatment community in its usefulness. 

Through DWPR, research sponsors partner with Reclamation to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs. Reclamation is interested in research where the benefits are widespread but where private-sector entities are not able to make the full investment and assume all the risks. Reclamation is also interested in research that has a national significance – where the issues are of large-scale concern and the benefits accrue to a large sector of the public.

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite private industry, universities, water utilities, and other research sponsors to submit proposals to cost share pilot scale testing projects that address DWPR program goals and objectives. Pilot scale testing projects are generally preceded by research studies (funded previously by DWPR or others) that demonstrate that the technology works. 

Deadline: Jan. 12, 2017

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Areas of Interest

For fiscal year (FY) 2017, Reclamation’s DWPR priorities are focused in part on goals identified by the White House “Water Resource Challenges and Opportunities for Water Technology Innovation” document published December 15, 2015. The following is the list of priorities for FY 2017:

• Novel water treatment technologies to increase water supply, reduce operational costs, reduce energy consumption, and/or reduce environmental impacts

• Demonstrating novel processes and/or materials to treat impaired water at full scale

• Innovative new smart systems to improve the efficiency, longevity, and reliability of water treatment systems for real-time monitoring and automation 

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals, institutions of higher education, profit organizations, State and local governmental entities, non-profit organizations, Federally-funded Research and Development Centers and Indian tribal governments and organizations. 



Amount Description

Funding is limited to $400,000 in Federal funding per application. This is divided as follows: up to $200,000 for the first year and up to $200,000 for an optional second year for finalizing testing, modification and evaluation. Second year funding is not guaranteed and it is dependent on congressional funding and adequate work completed in year one. The number of awards made and the aggregate amount awarded will be based on the quality of the applications received and congressional funding available. The Federal share shall not exceed 50 percent of the total pilot scale project cost. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

January 12, 2017