Directed Research 2014-2015

Call for Proposals: 2014-2015 WREP Directed Research Grant Program


The Watershed Research and Education Program (WREP) at NAU and the Salt River Project seek proposals from undergraduate or graduate students to support research in water policy, water management and environmental regulation of aquatic systems, with a particular emphasis on projects related to (1) the hydrology, ecology and biology of the Verde River system and (2) the social and economic values and opportunities provided by a healthy Verde River system and watershed. This year preference will be given to projects which build on the results of previously funded studies; research that advances our understanding of groundwater systems in the Verde Valley; and research involving the hydrology, efficiency, operations, and a better understanding of the irrigation needs of ditch owners. A complete listing of research funded by WREP can be found at in the Publications and Reports section of this website.

Award Range

$20,000 maximum, including the institutional overhead. Since $20,000 is available for funding projects, WREP anticipates that awards in the range of $5,000 to $10,000 are more likely to be funded. Exceptional projects may be funded at a higher level.

Performance Period

All WREP Directed Research Awards will have a period of performance from May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.

Application Due Date

Submit the completed application as an e-mail attachment (with the subject line: ‘WREP Directed Research’) to on or before 5:00PM, Friday, April 4,2014. Be sure to follow the instructions provided below and use the forms provided in the sidebars on the right side of this page. 

Award Notification

Notification will be given on or before April 21, 2014.

Dissemination of Results

All award recipients are strongly encouraged to make presentations at public venues or professional meetings and should mention all such presentations in the required progress and final reports.

Project Reporting

Each grantee must submit a brief progress report (due after the first six months) and a Final Project Report and Statement of Expenditures within 30 days of the completion of the project (but no later than April 30, 2015).

Application Instructions

Single- or double-spacing may be used, but must be consistent throughout document. A standard font (Times New Roman, Arial, etc.), type size 12-point or larger, is required. Page margins must be no less than one inch on all sides. All application components except the Faculty Member Recommendation MUST be submitted as a single PDF file to The student’s application package will consist of the following:

  1. Cover Page: Applicant must use the cover page form provided. (See sidebar on the right side of this page.)
  2. Project Description: Limit 3 pages, not including references. A clear and concise description of the proposed project including: Purpose/background, description of how the activities will be carried out, and expected outcomes/ benefits, including how project outcomes relate to WREP’s mission.
  3. Project Timeline: Limit 1 page, include milestones.
  4. Statement of Interest: Limit 1 page. A brief description of the applicant’s interests and past activities relating to the proposed project. Please include information that describes why the applicant is well suited to carry out the proposed activity and how the project relates to the applicant’s career objectives. 
  5. Project Budget with Justification: Submit a completed budget form. (See sidebar on the right side of this page.) For calculation of fringe benefits and ERE, consult the Fringe Benefit Rate Calculator and other resources at the NAU Office Of Grant and Contract Services website. Respondents are encouraged to send draft budgets to for review prior to submission.
  6. Faculty Mentor Recommendation: This supporting document (see sidebar on right side of this page) must be submitted separately by your faculty mentor to