Desalination and Water Purification Research Program: Research Projects

The United States Department of the Interior (Department), Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) Desalination and Water Purification Research Program (DWPR) works with Reclamation researchers and partners to develop innovative, cost-effective, and technologically efficient ways to desalinate or treat water. DWPR aligns with Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” by investing in development and application of advanced water treatment technologies that expand access to otherwise unusable water resources, thereby increasing water supply flexibility under the risks of long-term climate change and shorter-term drought. Investing in such technologies leads to development of climate-resilient, cost-effective, and low-impact solutions that bolster the ability of Reclamation, its customers, and stakeholders to cope with stresses of climate change. DWPR funding plays a critical role in iterating an idea from the lab to a real-world demonstration, which yields products that serve the water treatment community and attract commercialization interest. 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 and 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. DWPR program activities further support multiple related initiatives related to the Water Subcabinet such as the National Water Reuse Action Plan and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Security Grand Challenge.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2022

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Concrete Research Council Annual RFP for the 2023 Grant Awards

The Concrete Research Council (CRC) seeks concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures in coordination with ACI Committees.


  • CRC opens the RFP application program on August 1, 2022
  • Principle Investigators must contact ACI Technical Committee Chairs by September 1, 2022, to have proposals reviewed for potential endorsement
  • Applications close on December 1, 2022

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University Consortium for Applied Hypersonics - Project Call

The Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO) in partnership with the UCAH is interested in receiving white papers for three-year core projects. This includes Multi-Functional High Temperature Materials and Structures  and Next Generation Technologies related to Materials, Structures, and Manufacturing such as:

  • Ultra-high temperature ceramics and carbon-carbon composites materials, seals, and joints
  • Shape stable or non-eroding leading-edge materials and nose tips
  • New/novel precursors, material response models, processing & manufacturing technologies, modeling and optimization of infiltration processes, additive manufacture, test and evaluation of hypersonic components

Deadline: January 9, 2023

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NIH Instrumentation Award Programs

The NIH has announced three distinct Biomedical Research Support Shared Instrumentation Grant Programs with a common sponsor.

Deadline: June 1, 2023

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Corrosion and Coatings

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division is interested in receiving proposals for the following Basic Research Opportunity Areas:

  1. Advanced Materials
    Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division is seeking unclassified proposals that do not contain proprietary information regarding the formulation, surface preparation, performance evaluation, characterization, and demonstration of coatings, cure mechanism, corrosion resistance, and properties of materials for advanced coatings, additive manufacturing, adhesives, conversion coatings, solvent free, low, reduced, or exempt solvent materials, and reduced environmental impact materials. Proposed applications can include biomimetic materials, adhesion promoters, surface preparation or coating removal, hydrophobic coatings, high temperature coatings, stimuli response coatings, intelligent cure mechanisms, stimuli responsive coatings, chemical sensors, biofouling resistance, and others.
  2. Modeling and Analytics
    Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division is seeking unclassified proposals that do not contain proprietary information regarding the modeling of corrosion data, rates, and other analytics, collection of field and environmental data for data analytics & modeling and data visualizations, machine learning, material degradations, sensors, performance prediction, failure analysis, real-time condition assessment, and statistical and meta-analysis of data.
  3. Training and Product Support
    Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division is seeking unclassified proposals that do not contain proprietary information regarding the corrosion and coating product support and training, including the development and transition of tools, virtual or augmented reality products, digital and practical visual aids, kits, specifications and technical manuals, training aids, short courses, seminars, scholarly papers, reports, systemic reviews, patent analyses, and other literature reviews or meta-analysis, and other transition strategies.

Application Deadline: September 13, 2023

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Carderock Research Projects

The Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division seeks proposals for novel research projects whose intent is the development of future naval scientists and engineers. NSWCCD is especially interested in technical projects dealing with Hydrodynamics (specifically the interaction of fluid flow over rough or bio-fouled surfaces), … Extreme Environment Materials Development (e.g. Ultra-high Temperature Erosion & Corrosion), Automated & Advanced Materials Processing and Characterization (including Modeling & Simulation), and Structural Health Monitoring.

Application Deadline: November 14, 2023

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