Science and Technology Program Pitch to Pilot Project

Funding Agency:
Department of the Interior

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), is accepting applications for projects to be funded by the Science and Technology (S&T) Program. Through this program, Reclamation is forming partnerships with private industry, universities, water utilities, and others to address a need for innovative new technologies and processes in the area of water treatment.

Reclamation is interested in new, innovative technologies and processes that have gone past the idea and bench scale phase and are ready to go into development of prototypes and pilot scale systems to be tested with real waters. The authorizing legislation for this program is the Reclamation Act of 1902, June 17, 1902, Sec.1 and Sec. 2, and the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11, section 9509, Research Agreement Authority.

The goal of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to address the need to reduce the costs, energy requirements, and environmental impacts of treating impaired and unusable waters. The main objectives of this FOA are listed below.

• Develop innovative new technology or process at the pilot scale to treat brackish groundwater at a less energy intensive way than current processes and technologies

• Develop innovative new technology or process at the pilot scale to reduce the high cost, energy usage, and environmental impacts of concentrate management for inland desalination

• Develop innovative new technology or process for pretreatment of reverse osmosis without increasing the total cost and energy usage of current systems

The technical review of applications submitted under this FOA will be conducted in two phases. In phase 1, all applications will be scored against the evaluation criteria in Section V.B. “Evaluation Criteria” by an Application Review Committee (ARC) comprised of experts in relevant disciplines. The ARC will make recommendations for a select group of applications to proceed to Phase 2. Phase 2 applicants will be invited to discuss their proposal during an in-person meeting with the final judging panel at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamogordo, NM. The selected Phase 2 applicants will have the opportunity to prepare for travel and are expected to be at BGNDRF from October 19-20, 2016.

Application submission date deadlines:

  • Phase 1: July 27, 2016
  • Phase 2: October 19-20, 2016 at BGNDRF

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Any responsible source, including individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, federally funded research and development centers (FFRDC), private entities, public entities (including state and local), or Indian Tribal Governments



Amount Description

Funding: Up to $100,000 in Federal funds provided through this FOA will be available for each agreement to design, construct the pilot unit, install and test at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility (BGNDRF) in Alamogordo, NM. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

July 27, 2016