by VARALAKSHMI PULUGURTHA
Targeted News Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it expects to award a discretionary cooperative agreement grant to establish a center that will facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models; and will share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders.
The award ceiling for this funding opportunity is $4 million.
This funding opportunity is open to state and local governments; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; nonprofit institutions/organizations; institutions of higher education and hospitals; and U.S. territories or possessions.
A funding opportunity notice from the EPA states: "The objective of the award to be made under this solicitation is to establish a Center that coordinates the following three critical and integrated core components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research: 1. Novel Research that engages sustainable water infrastructure models, modelers, model users and stakeholders towards improving real time control of water systems, advancing water infrastructure software design, building the next generation of water modeling tools and providing solutions to such difficult problems as climate change and extreme events, population growth, water security to detect and monitor contaminants, and environmental compliance; 2. Community Support and Outreach that fosters and trains a growing global community of sustainable water infrastructure modelers, model users, and stakeholders; and 3. Model and Code Development that maintains, supports and helps develop freely available software models of sustainable storm water, waste water and water supply systems."
The funding opportunity number is EPA-G2014-STAR-H1 (CFDA 66.509). The application closing date is March 10.
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