Open Requests

WRF funds water research on behalf of its subscribers, and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. WRF awards a contract through a competitive process and coordinates an independent technical review project through a staff-assigned project manager. All qualified entities – including international organizations and disadvantaged business enterprises – are encouraged to submit research proposals.  

Unsolicited Research


The Unsolicited Research Program supports WRF in its mission by funding research projects 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 research pre-proposals that will significantly advance knowledge and understanding in protection and enhancement of water quality or the water environment and that could fundamentally transform how WRF subscribers perform their work. WRF also considers pre-proposals that would take existing research to the next level of completion, resulting in practical solutions to water quality problems. Those with likelihood to advance knowledge and understanding, and provide relevant information for WRF Subscribers are invited to submit full proposals. WRF requests that all prime contractor/subcontractor decisions be made among proposing teams prior to submission of full proposals. For more information, please contact WRF Program Director Lola Olabode at lolabode@waterrf.org.

2018 Unsolicited Research Program Call for Pre-Proposals

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
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)

Targeted Call for Drinking Water Technologies

*No funding provided

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is seeking cutting-edge drinking water technologies to improve treatment and operations. Innovative technologies and processes that can provide improvements in water quality, performance, cost, and operations (e.g., maintenance, compliance, sustainability, etc.) over conventional approaches are encouraged to apply to the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Technology Scan. Proposers must highlight key aspects of their technology or process for review by a panel of experts through LIFT.

All accepted technologies will be given an opportunity to present their technology to utilities, consultants, and other WRF subscribers, and will be included in the LIFT Link online technology innovation and collaboration platform. Subsequent opportunities may develop around research, piloting, validation, and early adoption of the technology.  Selected proposers may also be invited to join LIFT representatives at upcoming industry events and workshops on this topic. See application instructions for a complete list of benefits. 

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Advanced Oxidation Processes
  • Asset Management
  • Biofiltration
  • Coagulation
  • Disinfection
  • Distribution Networks
  • Energy Efficiency Devices
  • Filtration
  • In-pipe hydropower
  • Intelligent Water Systems
  • Lead and Copper Management
  • Leak Detection
  • Management of Disinfection Byproducts 
     
  • Membranes
  • Microbiology
  • Nitrate Recovery
  • PFAS/PFOA Removal
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Scale Prevention
  • Sensors
  • Source Water Quality
  • Taste and Odor Control
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Quality
  • Water Supply
  • Other Innovative Technologies
 

Submissions are due no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. There is no cost to apply. To apply, please visit LIFT Link and click the Apply button at the top. Users who need to create a WRF (legacy WE&RF) account, may do so here. Technologies in other areas will be accepted, and are encouraged. For more information, contact the WRF Technology and Innovation Manager Dr. Aaron Fisher at afisher@waterrf.org.

Submit a proposal for the Emerging Opportunities Program

Instructions for submitting a proposal for this program are contained in the RFP. Learn more about this program.

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Submit a proposal for the Focus Area Program Online

The Water Research Foundation is accepting proposals only online for the following projects at https://proposals.waterrf.org/Pages/RFPs.aspx.  To begin the process of submitting a proposal online, you will need a website login and the name or RFP# of the project for which you want to submit a proposal.  Information about submitting a proposal online is contained in the RFP.  

The objective of this project is to better understand the scenarios where Galvanized Pipes can contribute to lead at the tap, the magnitude of lead release from Galvanized Pipes, and factors that can impact accumulation and lead release from Galvanized Pipes.
Proposals Due: June 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

Sampling and Monitoring Strategies for Opportunistic Pathogens in Drinking Water Distribution Systems (RFP_4911)
The goal of this project is to establish an optimized sampling and monitoring protocol providing a practical guideline for drinking water utilities to manage the detection of opportunistic pathogens in distribution systems.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

Developing Guidance for Assessment and Evaluation of Harmful Algal Blooms, and Implementation of Control Strategies in Source Water (RFP_4912)

The objectives of this project are to:
• Develop authoritative guidance for managers to evaluate and manage the occurrence and risk associated with harmful algal blooms (HABs) in source waters and select control techniques that are appropriate to their needs and capabilities.
• Implement a decision tree to support this evaluation as a web-based resource linked to critically reviewed and validated information, guidelines, and regulations.
Proposals Due: June 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

Investigation of Treatment Alternatives for Short-Chain Poly and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (RFP_4913)
The objective of this project is to investigate treatment alternatives for short-chain PFAS in drinking water sources.
Proposals Due: June 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT 

Utility Responses to Cyanobacterial/Cyanotoxin Events; Case Studies and Lessons Learned (RFP_4914)
The objective of this project is to gather and present case studies that illustrate drinking water utility experiences and associated responses to cyanobacterial and cyanotoxin events, in their source and/or finished waters. The project will develop guidelines that would help utilities develop and implement successful programs for managing cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.
Proposals Due: June 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

Characterization and Contamination Testing of Source Separated Organic Feedstocks and Slurries for Co-Digestion at Resource Recovery Facilities (RFP_4915)
The objectives of this project are to identify, evaluate, and develop techniques for characterizing source separated organic (SSO) feedstocks and slurries for co-digestion at resource recovery facilities and testing them for contamination; to link characteristics to product quality; and support development of minimum feedstock quality standards for various product goals and standardization of sampling protocols for rapid monitoring of feedstocks.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

The Impact of Pre-Chlorination and GAC Treatment on DBP Formation and Overall Toxicity in Drinking Water (RFP_4916)

The objective of this project is to investigate the impact of pre-chlorination followed by GAC on the removal of cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of drinking water, using appropriate bioassays.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM MT

Utilizing Smart Water Networks to Manage Pressure and Flow for Reduction of Water Loss and Pipe Breaks (RFP_4917)

Develop an approach in water systems using intelligent water networks to manage pressures and flows to extend pipe life and reduce water loss.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT