Advance Notice of RFPs

Notice of Upcoming Requests for Proposals


Unsolicited Research Program

Program Area:
 Pre-proposals will be accepted for research on drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, stormwater, and other sources of water addressing water quality, nutrients, energy, reuse, and biosolids.
Pre-Proposals Submissions and Inquiries: UnsolicitedProposals@waterrf.org
WRF Contact: Lola Olabode, MPH, BCES
Phone: (571) 384-2109

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will be offering funding for research projects under the Unsolicited Research Program that can be the catalyst for transforming our understanding of our water resources and our ability to protect and preserve them in a sustainable and cost effective manner and to minimize impact on public health and the environment. WRF is seeking pioneering pre-proposals that will significantly advance knowledge and understanding and that could fundamentally transform how WRF subscribers perform their work. 
 
2018 Unsolicited Research Program Budget: $354,090 for 3-4 project awards
Project Duration: 2 Years
Pre-proposals Due: Friday, July 13, 2018
Shortlisted Full Proposal Invitation: August 24, 2018

Supporting Documents:
2018 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal Guidelines (PDF)
2018 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal Instructions (PDF)
2018 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal Cover Sheet (DOC)
2018 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal FAQ (PDF)
2018 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal Budget Sheet (XLS)

2018 Water Reuse Projects Supported by State Water Board Grant 2
In 2018, the Water Reuse (potable and non-potable) research projects are supported by State Water Board grant agreement D1705003 + Advancing Potable Reuse fundraising initiative + WRF budget. Learn more about the projects by visiting the Advancing Potable Reuse page.

The WE&RF Board of Directors recently authorized initiation of 14 new research projects in 2017. The planned research will significantly advance WE&RF’s integrated water and intelligent water research portfolios. A slate of over two dozen research project proposals was reviewed by WE&RF’s Research Advisory Council in August, 2017. The volunteer council recommended these 14 new projects based on their readiness and significance to the water community.

Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale with Big Data Management and Analytics (IWS‐17‐07)
A new RFP titled Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale with Big Data Management and Analytics, will conduct demonstration projects at multiple utilities to validate sensor-based, real-time monitoring/metering and models/decision support systems on sewershed/sub-sewershed scales, including the applying of analytics to solve sewershed network management issues. The project also will develop a framework for sensor-based networks that incorporates new and emerging monitoring/metering technologies for real-time decision-making. Please contact Walter Graf to learn more about being a project team member, participating as a volunteer, and more information.

  • Expert Workshop on Compounds of Emerging Concern Research Needs. Where do we go from here? (CEC‐17‐09)
  • Critical Review of Antibiotic Resistance in the Wastewater Environment (LINK‐17‐10)
  • Annual Update of International Stormwater BMP Database (Urban Component) (SIWM‐17‐12)
  • The Future of Stormwater BMP Database: Strategic Evaluation and Path Forward (SIWM‐17‐13)
  • Assessing the State of Knowledge and Research Needs for Stormwater Harvesting (SIWM‐17‐14)
  • Enhancement of Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Events (SIWM‐17‐15)
  • Integrating Sewage Thermal Energy Use (STEU) and Other Emerging Water‐Energy‐Waste Technologies into Distributed Systems (SIWM‐17‐16)
  • Crediting Water Quality Benefits from Stream Restoration: Case Studies (SIWM‐17‐17)
  • Desalination Research Needs Workshop (Reuse‐17‐11)