Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) - Environmental Laboratory (EL) - Wetlands (EL-26)

US Department of Defense: Department of the Army

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group For-Profit Business College / University

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Exclusive to minorities: Yes


The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) includes the Coastal and Hydraulics Lab (CHL), the Geotechnical and Structures Lab (GSL), the Reachback Operations Center (UROC), the Environmental Lab (EL) and the Information Technology Lab (ITL) in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Construction Engineering Research Lab (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois, and the Geospatial Research Laboratory (GRL) in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Environmental Laboratory (EL)

The Environmental Laboratory conducts Military and Civil Works R&D for the Corps of Engineers, other Department of Defense elements, and other Government agencies in the general areas of Environmental Restoration (Clean-up) and Environmental Conservation. Areas of research include: (a) environmental sensing development, (b) hazardous waste site characterization and treatment, (c) sediment geochemistry and biological effects, (d) water quality modeling, and unexploded ordnance (UXO). 

Natural Resource Management

As a part of its mission, the Corps of Engineers must maintain and manage millions of acres of land, much of it surrounding over 700 water resource development projects throughout the United States. This includes fish and wildlife habitat sites, specific communities such as riparian zones and wetlands, and recreation sites. Technology needed for managing and enhancing these facilities includes research associated with endangered species, waterfowl, riparian zone management, range and turf grass management, insect pest management, and the general stewardship of these natural resources. Developed technology is provided to Corps Civil Works projects as well as military installations and other cooperating Federal agencies. 

Research Area: Wetlands (EL-26)

The Environmental Laboratory (EL) announces research opportunities involving wetlands.

Wetlands research, especially as it pertains to wetlands restoration and development, has been occurring as an ongoing activity of the Corps of Engineers for the past two decades, primarily as a secondary or minor objective of navigation or flood control objectives. The EL has been at the forefront in developing the technology that allowed this important wetlands work to take place, has developed a number of these wetlands, and has developed long-term monitoring methodologies to document the progress and ecological succession of these wetlands. In addition, methodologies for delineating and evaluating wetlands on a national basis that have become the mandatory wetlands regulatory framework for federal agencies have been developed.

This research is expected to continue as part of a series of wetlands task areas. Research task areas outlined below will be conducted both in-house at EL, with other agencies, or will be contracted.

Studies must be short term due to funding and time constraints, and must address one or more of the research tasks.

Critical Processes of Wetlands:

  • To examine the basic physical, chemical, and biological processes that cause wetlands to provide important functions, and to relate those processes and functions to other aspects of wetlands work in the Corps of Engineers.

Wetlands Delineation and Evaluation: Objectives of this task are to examine technical assumptions in the 1987 "Corps of Engineers Wetland Delineation Manual" and to develop techniques to assess wetland functions.

  • The first objective will be accomplished through a combination of field and laboratory studies to examine hydrology/vegetation/soil relationships, morphological development of hydric soils, and physiological response of vegetation to soil saturation in relation to the growing season.
  • The second objective will also be accomplished through field and laboratory studies. Efforts will focus on model development employing the Hydrogeomorphic Approach to explosives as well as development of unique analytical techniques to identify metals speciation in complex environmental media. These unique capabilities are applied to biological investigations of toxicity as well as support computational predictions of contaminant behavior.

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  • This research is conducted by Government personnel and by contract with educational institutions, non-profit organizations and private industries.
  • To be eligible for consideration and possible contract award, the technology or methodology shall be either basic research, applied research, advanced technology development not for a specific system/hardware, or demonstration and validation
    • “Basic Research” is defined as research directed toward increasing knowledge in science with the primary aim being a fuller knowledge or understanding of the subject under study, rather than any practical application of that knowledge.
    • “Applied Research” is the effort that normally follows basic research, but may not be severable from the related basic research; attempts to determine and exploit the potential of scientific discoveries or improvements in technology, materials, processes, methods, devices, or techniques; and attempts to advance the state-of-the-art. 


  • Proposals are encouraged from Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Minority Institutions (HBCUs/MIs) for students to provide research support to any of the research and development areas listed in this BAA.

  • ERDC also encourages small business concerns, women owned small businesses, small disadvantaged business concerns, small businesses located in HUBZones, businesses participating in the Small Business Administration 8(a) program, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses to submit research proposals for consideration.


  • Proposals from U.S. government facilities and organizations will not be considered under this program announcement.