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Dr. Nicholas Brozović

to join the Daugherty Water for Food Institute as Director of Policy


We're pleased to announce that Dr. Nicholas Brozović, a leading water economist with significant experience in Nebraska and around the world, has been appointed as the institute's director of policy effective July 1, 2014. 


Dr. Brozović is currently an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on using economic analysis to understand spatial, dynamic natural resource systems, with a special emphasis on water resources.


Student and Postdoc Funding Available

We are pleased to announce that the Daugherty Water for Food Institute will award up to $310,000 in student and postdoc support during FY 2014-2015. Both DWFI Faculty Fellows and Faculty Affiliates are eligible to apply for undergraduate scholar and graduate research assistantship support. Applications are due April 23.  


For more detailed information about application requirements and to submit an application, please visit the student and postdoctoral support page on our website.

Mark Your Calendars

There's still time to register for the 40th annual Center for Great Plains Studies symposium. The 2014 symposium is a collaboration with the National Drought Mitigation Center and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute. It features over 40 distinguished speakers, including Ian Frazier, The New Yorker; Richard Hornbeck, Harvard University; Erwin de Nys and Nathan Engle, World Bank; Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund; Michelle Podgornik, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Theib Oweis, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.
The final Heuermann Lecture of the 2013-2014 season will be held on Tuesday, April 22nd at 3 p.m. at the East Campus Union. Entitled "The Role of Water and Food Security in Early Childhood Survival and Development: A Global Perspective," the lecture will feature a conversation with Dr. Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Dr. Joan Lombardi, former deputy assistant secretary and inter-departmental liaison for early childhood education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Nurper Ulkuer, former head, Early Childhood Development Unit, and senior adviser for early childhood development, UNICEF. Dr. Marjorie Kostelnik, dean, UNL College of Education and Human Sciences and Dr. Helen Raikes, Willa Cather Professor, UNL Dept. of Child, Youth and Family Studies will moderate the panel. Learn more
Water Seminar

"The Potential to Increase Agricultural Water Use Efficiency through Variable Rate Irrigation"
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2nd 
UNL East Campus, Hardin Hall Auditorium

The next lecture in the University of Nebraska's spring water seminar series will be presented by Tim Shaver, nutrient management specialist with UNL's West Central Research and Extension Center. The series is co-sponsored by the Nebraska Water Center and UNL's School of Natural Resources. 
See the full schedule.

Transdisciplinary Conversations

Thursday, April 24
4:30-6 p.m.
UNL East Campus, NET Building - 1800 N 33rd St

RSVP now

The University of Nebraska's diverse Water for Food research community is invited to j
oin us for food, drinks and casual conversation. A brief talk will also be given by a University of Nebraska researcher with a distinguished history of transdisciplinary collaboration.

On the Blog

In a recent postDWFI Faculty Fellow Stephen Baenziger discusses the legacy of plant breeder and hunger fighter Norman Borlaug. This week, at the Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Ciudad Obreg´┐Żn, Mexico, thought leaders, policy makers, and representatives of leading agricultural research-for-development organizations will gather to celebrate 100 years of Borlaug and inspire a new generation to carry on his work.

Water Funding Opportunities


AFRI: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area

Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/17/2014

Up to $1,000,000 per project



Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative

Application Deadline: 5/8/2014

$50,000 - $2,000,000 per project



Specialty Crop Research Initiative  

Application Deadline: 6/20/2014

$50,000 - $10,000,000



AFRI: Foundational Program

Application Deadline: 9/29/2014

Up to $500,000 per project


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 at the University of Nebraska is a research, education, and policy analysis institute committed to helping the world efficiently use its limited freshwater resources, with particular focus on ensuring the food supply for current and future generations.

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