Annual Grants Application 104(b)

Research, training, information dissemination, and other activities meeting the needs of the State and Nation are promoted in this program. The program also encourages regional cooperation among institutes in research into areas of water management, development, and conservation that have a regional or national character. Any investigator at an institution of higher learning in New York State is eligible to apply for a grant through the New York State Water Resources Institute.

All 104(b) grants must be matched by at least 2 non-federal dollars for each federal dollar. No indirect costs may be charged, but they may be cited as a match. Awards are made only after close consultation and in collaboration with the leading water resources officials within the State, and interested members of the public.

The annual report for a given year includes a synopsis of the accomplishments of each project funded during that year. Recent annual reports can be accessed here.


  • Effects of Iron and Manganese on the Decomposition of Plant Litter in Tidal Wetlands
    Matt Reid, Cornell University
  • FloodViz: a low-cost, camera-based distributed sensor network to improve the efficacy and equity of urban flooding mitigation and response
    Elizabeth Carter, Syracuse University
  • The Pathogen Panel for rapid quantification of 17 waterborne viral, bacterial and protozoal pathogens and fecal indicators at New York State Beaches
    Ruth Richardson, Cornell University. For more more information please contact this researcher directly.
  • Are invasive round goby a new contaminant vector in Northeastern U.S. inland waterbodies?
    Suresh Sethi, Cornell University
  • Turning Vacant Lots into Green Infrastructure: Application of A Multi-objective Optimization Tool in the City of Buffalo
    Zhenduo Zhu, University at Buffalo. Two papers were published from this effort: 
  1. A new tool for automatic calibration of the Storm Water Management Model (SWMM)
  2. Modeling the transport of titanium dioxide nanomaterials from combined sewer overflows in an urban river
  • Balancing cyanotoxin removal and N-nitrosamine formation control during ozonation of harmful algal bloom-impacted source waters
    Teng Zeng, Syracuse University. For more more information please contact this researcher directly.
  • 2013 consolidated report for 104(b)
    New York State Water Resources Institute Annual Technical Report FY 2013.
  • Assessment of watershed-scale funding for wastewater infrastructure
    Brian Rahm, Cornell University.