The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University announces a new source of funding for research on watershed science and management.

Please note the following important dates/deadlines:

February 15, 2016 Letter of Intent
March 8, 2016 Invitation for Proposals
April 22, 2016 Formal Proposal
June 7, 2016 Funding Decision


The Delaware Watershed Research Fund (DWRF) is a new opportunity for research funding intended to complement the broader watershed protection work of the William Penn Foundation.   The Fund will build on the goals of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, (DRWI) to ensure water quality in the Delaware Basin through restoration, protection, and monitoring of watersheds.

A total of $5 million is designated for the Delaware Watershed Research Fund, with $4 million designated to award six to twelve grants in 2016 for three-year time frames. Total individual grant amounts over three years are expected to be $300,000 to $500,000.  Funding is provided by the William Penn Foundation and will be administered by the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS).  The DWRF is designed to address key research needs that have been identified in relation to the Delaware Basin and the study of watershed processes.    

Research priorities were developed by regional experts in the field of watershed science and management, and include multidisciplinary work, such as connecting science to policy, ecosystem service valuation, and multi-stressor modeling as well as specific topics, such as contaminant and stressor analysis, technologies within ecosystem monitoring, and headwater ecosystem health. Further detail on the DWRF research priorities can be found within the Request for Proposals.

Prospective applicants for DWRF grants should be researchers from academic institutions*, non-profit organizations* and public agencies that allow the use of external funds.*Funds from the DWRF are not available to researchers primarily affiliated with the Academy of Natural Sciences or Drexel University.

Please see the RFP for further instructions and requirements. Please contact with any questions. An information webinar was held on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016, and is now available below. Click here to download the RFP.

Click here to download an FAQ for the LOI process.

Click here to download an FAQ for the full proposal process.

Click here to download the budget template.

Webinar starts at 1:10.