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Spring 2020 Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grant

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)

CUAHSI offers Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grants (IDTG) of up to $1,000 to help cover travel expenses for scientists at U.S. universities and colleges to visit colleagues with specific instrumentation expertise. The objective of the travel should be to efficiently and economically learn how to install, operate, maintain, and process data from one or more  hydrologic instruments. IDTG’s can: (1) enable university scientists to visit other institutions or research sites, or (2) enable a reverse site visit to bring an expert to their own institution.

These grants are intended  to minimize the financial risk for awardees while enabling them to learn about advanced water-related instrumentation from an expert. Grantees are expected to take a holistic approach. As needed, they should learn about field deployment, instrument networking, data collection methods, data interpretation approaches, and learn about operating the instrumentation under different environmental conditions from anecdotal experiences of the host. We ask that awardees use CUAHSI's Water Data Services to publish any datasets that result from an IDTG.

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on learning to use instruments, sensors, and/or devices. Learning field methods or laboratory protocols is permissible, but must be done with a focus on instrumentation and within the context of a demonstrable need (i.e., there is not a learning opportunity at your home institution). For this reason, standard field or lab techniques that rely on common tools and methods are not prioritized by this solicitation  (e.g., weighing, microscopes, grab sampling). This grant opportunity is not appropriate for funding attendance of a class or workshop. Proposals that include modeling activities associated with processing of instrument data will be considered, but site visits requested purely to  learn or evaluate modeling software are outside the scope of this program.

When preparing your IDTG proposal, remember that the overarching intent of this grant is to build capacity related to specific instrumentation by giving you access to learning opportunities that would otherwise be challenging to obtain. In the proposal narrative, please be specific and direct about the nature of the instrumentation and the associated challenges to learning about its operation. If your expected expenses for travel are over $1,000, please provide information on how you will obtain the remaining budget.

Graduate students, post docs, and faculty members enrolled in or currently employed by a US university are eligible to receive an Instrumentation Travel Discovery Grant. Preference will be given to graduate students and early career faculty. The maximum amount of the grant is $1,000 and is awarded as a reimbursement upon completion of travel. Receipts for items over $25 must be kept for the itemized reimbursement. Travel may be to any location, foreign or domestic, but the overall limit of $1,000 still applies. We ask that awardees publish any resulting data sets using CUAHSI's Water Data Services. Questions about IDTG proposals may be sent to Jon Pollak ( This grant is contingent upon CUAHSI receiving funding from the granting agency.

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