CUAHSI offers Instrumentation Discovery Travel Grants of up to $1,000 to permit academic scientists to visit colleagues to efficiently and economically learn new instrumentation. IDTG’s enable scientists to learn new instrumentation techniques in the hydrologic sciences by visiting other research sites and meeting with the respective site’s Principal Investigators to learn the details of hydrologic instrument installation, operation, maintenance, and data processing.

The intent of this grant is for awardees to be able to learn about advanced water-related instrumentation from an expert with shouldering as little fiscal risk as possible. Grantees are expected to take a holistic approach. As needed, they should learn about field deployment, instrument networking, data collection methods, data interpretation approaches, as well as learn from anecdotal experiences of the host in operating the instrumentation under different landscapes. Using funds to bring an expert to the grantee’s field site (i.e. a reverse site visit) is permissible, but this grant opportunity is not appropriate for funding attendance of a class or workshop. Proposals including modeling activities associated with processing of instrument data will be considered, but site visits requested purely for the purposes of learning or evaluating modeling software are outside the scope of this program. 


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. Travel may be to any location, foreign or domestic, but the overall cap still applies. 

Application Process

The application consists of the following items:

  1. A justification (maximum 1 page) explaining the following points specifically:
    • What the applicant wishes to learn from the site visit,
    • How the applicant plans to use the information in his/her research,
    • The expected outcomes from the visit (e.g., proposal development or instrumentation purchase).
  2. An approximate budget for the trip, including the proposed dates of the visit.
  3. A letter from the proposed host agreeing to the visit. Email format is acceptable.

**For laboratory visits, the justification should highlight the unique attributes of the laboratory which requires a site visit.

Applications can be submitted by following this link to ProposalSpacePlease note that you will need to create a free ProposalSpace account. 


Two rounds of IDTG funding are offered each year; Spring and Fall.

The next application deadline is September 30, 2017.