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Spring 2021 Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grant

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

CUAHSI’s Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grant (IDTG) program enables scientists and students to learn the details of hydrologic instrument installation, operation, maintenance, and data processing by visiting experts or scheduling reverse site visits.

Applicants from traditionally under-served institutions, primarily undergraduate institutions, students at all levels, and early career faculty are encouraged to apply for an IDTG.

CUAHSI offers 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 build, install, operate, maintain, and/or process data from one or more hydrologic instruments. IDTG’s can: (1) enable university scientists or students to visit other institutions and/or research sites, or (2) enable a reverse site visit to bring an expert to an institution.

These grants are intended to minimize the financial risk for awardees while enabling them to learn about 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 or protocol documentation that result from an IDTG.

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on learning to use or build instruments, sensors, and/or devices. Click here to view hydrologic instrumentation facilities that may be useful in developing your proposal. 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 or you seek to evaluate if this is the instrument for you prior to purchase). 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) unless there is a demonstrable absence of expertise at the awardee’s institution. 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.

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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