New technologies that reduce the cost, improve operation and reliability and develop innovations in desalination and water purification technologies could be awarded up to $400,000 in grants.
The US Government’s Bureau of Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program is currently soliciting for pre-proposals from private industry, universities, water utilities and others to help meet these needs.
The available finance will either fund four to five research and laboratory studies and one to two pilot scale projects. Reclamation said it will provide up to $150,000 for the research and laboratory studies and $400,000 for the pilot scale projects.
Those eligible to apply include individuals, institutions of higher education, commercial or industrial organizations, private entities, public entities or Indian Tribal governments. Entities, except institutions of higher learning, must cost-share at least 75% of the project cost.
The purpose of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program is to develop more environmentally sensitive, cost-effective and technologically efficient means to desalinate water.
The funding opportunity announcement is available on www.grants.gov by searching for announcement number R13SF80004. Pre-proposals are due to Reclamation by Jan. 3, 2013.