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News and information from the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute & the Nebraska Water Center 

UNL's cosmic-ray neutron rover drawing interest from military, agriculture


University of Nebraska-Lincoln researcher and DWFI Faculty Fellow Trenton Franz is exploring ways to use a soil moisture detector he helped create for agriculture to enable the military to quickly and reliably survey, monitor and map soils. Read the Lincoln Journal Star story.  

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A pivotal moment: Can high-tech irrigation work in rural Africa?
DWFI research director Christopher Neale, PhD, explains the Circles project, a collaborative initiative to introduce a modern pivot irrigation system in rural Tanzania. Our partners include World Vision and Valmont Industries, Inc. Watch now.

A pivotal moment - Can high tech irrigation work in rural Africa?
Video produced by the International Water Management Institute.

Water for Food global policy outreach
Brozovic Paris 2014
DWFI policy director Nicholas Brozovic, PhD, and program associate Richael Young participated in the launch of the Lower Mekong Public Policy Initiative in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Nov. 13-14. The LMPPI project is funded by USAID and seeks to build institutional capacity in research and public policy to address challenges related to the environment, agriculture and quality of life in the Lower Mekong region. DWFI will be involved in research and capacity building for agricultural groundwater management in the Delta. Learn more.
On Nov. 25, Brozovic presented a report on the economics of agricultural groundwater management to delegates of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment in Paris, France. Learn more.

Visiting scholar Tony Carr
Graduate student Tony Carr joined DWFI as a visiting scholar Nov. 1 and will stay through April 30, 2015. Tony is researching issues related to water productivity for various crops under irrigated and non-irrigated systems, using data available from local and natural resource districts. His visit is part of the master's program internship "Transnational Ecosystem-Based Water Management" at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands and University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Contact Tony Carr.

Nebraska Water Center awards USGS 104b funds
The Nebraska Water Center awarded annual U.S. Geological Survey 104b project funds to four University of Nebraska-Lincoln research teams in November. The grant period is March 1, 2015, through Feb. 28, 2016. Learn more.

Dec. 15 seminar: Remote sensing for crop water productivity
Wim Bastiaanssen DWFI will host "Remote Sensing for Crop Water Productivity Targets and Monitoring" at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 15 in the Hardin Hall auditorium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus. Dr. Wim Bastiaanssen, professor of global water accounting for UNESCO-IHE and professor of civil engineering and geosciences at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, will discuss using remote sensing data to analyze important water management problems and drive agricultural decision-making. Learn more.

2015 Water & Natural Resources Tour

The Nebraska Water Center's 2015 Water and Natural Resources Tour is shaping up! On June 23-25, participants will visit the Republican River basin in Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. For the latest information, visit NWC's Facebook and Twitter pages, along with the Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District website. Learn more.

On the blog
Read these stories and more on the Water for Food Blog.
Trenton Franz
Richael Young and Tim Foster Vietnam Trip
Roberto Lenton at Husker Game 2014
Richael Young, DWFI

Water funding opportunities


U.S. Geological Survey

FY2015 104G RFP - Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program
Deadline: Feb. 19, 2015

Funding: Contact Steve Ress for details. 

National Science Foundation

Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Funding Opportunity Announcement USDA, Department of Energy - Office of Science

Deadline: Feb 23, 2015

Funding Opportunity #: DE-FOA-0001249

CFDA #: 81.049

Funding: $20,000,000

Awards: $250,000-$5,000,000


Chinese Academy of Sciences/The World Academy of Sciences

CAS-TWAS President's PhD Fellowship Programme 

Up to 200 students/scholars sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies, up to four years.

Deadline: March 31, 2015

Funding: Travel, accommodation, living expenses, local travel expenses, health insurance, tuition/fees


National Science Foundation

MacroSystems Biology: Research on Biological Systems at Regional to Continental Scales 

Deadline: April 6, 2015

Funding Opportunity #: NSF 12-532

CFDA #: 47.074

Funding: $15,000,000-$20,000,000

Estimated Number of Awards: 10-15


Additional funding opportunities may be found at grants.gov, a single access point for individuals to search competitive funding opportunities from more than 900 grant programs offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies.

The Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute was founded in 2010 to address the global challenge of achieving food security with less pressure on water resources through improved management of water in agricultural and food systems. We are committed to ensuring a water and food secure world without compromising the use of water for other human and environmental needs.

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