CUAHSI is pleased to offer the Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship to support projects that will result in a hydroinformatics product to be disseminated to the CUAHSI community. Dissemination should occur within one year of funding. Scientists at U.S. universities and colleges are eligible for this grant. Preference will be given to early career faculty, postdocs, and graduate students.

Awardees will receive up to $5,000 for eligible expenses including: travel costs associated with acquiring new skills, site or reverse site visits, software or data licenses, access to cyberinfrastructure, dissemination costs, and student support. Awardees will be expected to comply with CUAHSI’s travel policies and will be required to submit a final itemized statement of costs.

Example products include software, including apps which can be integrated into CUAHSI’s Water Data Services; new data products of interest to the community, including data-rescue products; technical publications; or STEM curriculum. An example of a useful app might be a product which can operate on CUAHSI’s Hydrologic Information System or HydroShare data resources to produce some outcome useful to the community. Successful proposals will likely have more than one identified outcome. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on leveraging or extending CUAHSI's Water Data Services or other open source and open data resources.

Proposals should discuss existing work to date, major project milestones, licensing terms (for software, data, or publications), sustainability of outcome product(s), and target audience for outcome product(s). Please be specific about project milestones and goals, known challenges, and the audience for resulting product(s). If expected expenses are more than $5,000, please provide information on how the remainder will be funded. An itemized budget of all expected expenses is required, as is a brief data management plan. Data management plans, to the extent possible, should utilize CUAHSI’s Water Data Services.

CUAHSI will accept collaborative proposals for the Hydroinformatics Fellowship. Please identify a team leader in the proposal (you can use the term Principal Investigator or different semantics if you wish) who will be responsible for being the point of contact with CUAHSI throughout the grant. The team leader will be required to submit their CV and a letter of support from their advisor (if s/he is a graduate student) with the application.

Awardees will be expected to provide a summary report documenting original goals, resulting product(s), and a final dissemination plan. Products should be available to the community in a documented, discoverable repository, such as CUAHSI’s HydroShare or GitHub. Apps are expected to be integrated into existing community infrastructure to the extent possible. Results are expected to be presented at a reputable scientific conference such as the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting or a CUAHSI Conference.

CUAHSI Hydroinformatics Fellowship funds should be used for direct expenses and do not support university overhead.


Graduate students, post docs, early career faculty, and scientists enrolled in or currently employed by a U.S. university are eligible to receive a Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship. Preference will be given to graduate students, post docs, and early career faculty. The maximum amount of the grant is $5,000. Travel may be to any location, foreign or domestic, but the overall cap still applies.


The application consists of the following items:

  1. Narrative (Problem, Approach, Audience)
  2. Outcome(s) / Product(s) Description
  3. Dissemination Plan
  4. Budget
  5. 2-page CV
  6. Graduate students should include a Letter of Support from their academic advisor

Proposals should be no longer than 3 pages excluding References, Budget, CV and Letter of Support.

The Hydroinformatics Innovation application process is completed online. You must create an account with Proposal Space to submit your application. There is no fee for submitting. You can save your application in progress and return to it later, but all required documents must be entered before submitting. All required information must be submitted by the application deadline.


Application Deadline: September 30, 2020