Open Requests

WE&RF funds water research on behalf of its subscribers, and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. WE&RF 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. 

There are currently three Open Requests.


2017 Unsolicited Research Program Call for Pre-Proposals

Program Area: All related WE&RF research areas
WE&RF Contact: Lola Olabode, MPH
Phone: (571) 384-2109
E-mail: lolabode@werf.org

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is seeking pre-proposals for WE&RF’s 2017 Unsolicited Research Program. Proposers are invited to submit on topics consistent with WE&RF’s mission to catalyze innovation through actionable research in water and the environment. 

The Unsolicited Research Program seeks to fund innovative research projects that will significantly advance knowledge and scientific understanding and that could provide fundamentally transformative results. Proposals in all relevant wastewater, recycled water, stormwater, and other sources of water addressing water quality areas are welcome. WE&RF would consider proposals that would take existing research to the next level of completion, resulting in practical solutions to water challenges.

Anticipated WE&RF Cost: WE&RF expects to award approximately $300,000 under the 2017 Unsolicited Research Program. Typically, awards are made in the $25,000 to $150,000 range. A minimum 25% of the total project value must be contributed to the project in the form of a cost-share and/or in-kind support or services. 

Anticipated Period of Performance: The maximum duration for each selected project is two (2) years, unless sufficient justification is provided.

Pre-proposals Due: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Supporting Documents:
2017 Unsolicited Call for Pre-Proposals (PDF)
2017 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal Instructions (PDF)
2017 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal Cover Sheet (DOC)
2017 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal FAQ (PDF)
2017 Unsolicited Pre-Proposal Budget Sheet (XLS)


Framework and Tools for Quantifying Green Infrastructure Co-Benefits and Linking with Triple Bottom Line Analysis (SIWM4T13)

Program Area: Integrated Water, Stormwater
WE&RF Contact: Harry Zhang, Ph.D., P.E.
Phone: (571) 384-2098
E-mail: hzhang@werf.org

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is currently seeking proposals to list and quantify the multiple benefits of implementing green infrastructure (GI) using cost-benefit type of analysis to cover economic, environmental, and social aspects for stormwater management and relevant programs. The objective of this effort is to develop a framework and tool for quantifying the multiple benefits of implementing GI and evaluating the economic, environmental/ecological, and social values of GI. 

Anticipated WE&RF Cost: The maximum funding available for this project is $150,000

Anticipated Period of Performance: The anticipated period of investigation for this project is 23 months from notice to proceed (NTP). A NTP will be issued to the selected proposer after WE&RF’s approval in July 2017, with an anticipated project start date in July 2017. 

Proposals Due: Monday, June 19, 2017

Supporting Documents:
SIWM4T13 RFP (PDF)
SIWM4T13 Instructions (PDF)
SIWM4T13 Cover Sheet (DOC)
SIWM4T13 Budget Sheet (XLS)


WE&RF Subscriber Priority Research Program Request for Pre-Proposals

Program Area: All related WE&RF research areas
WE&RF Contact: Stefani McGregor
Phone: (571) 699-0026
E-mail: smcgregor@werf.org

The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) is seeking pre-proposals for funding consideration under its 2017 Subscriber Priority Research Program. This research program is reserved for WE&RF Subscribers.

The Subscriber Priority Program is designed to encourage collaboration with WE&RF Subscribers on research. Subscriber Priority projects typically address applied research topics that may be local or regional in nature. However, the research topics should be broadly applicable to WE&RF members and should complement WE&RF’s ongoing research and not duplicate current or pending projects.

Anticipated WE&RF Cost: The maximum amount of funding available from WE&RF for this project is $227,061.The Foundation anticipates funding 4-5 projects with a maximum funding level for any single project of $50,000.

Anticipated Period of Performance: The anticipated period of performance will be determined by each candidate in the formal proposal.

Pre-proposals Due: Thursday, June 1, 2017

Supporting Documents:
Subscriber Priority RFP (PDF)
Subscriber Priority Full Proposal Instructions (PDF)
Subscriber Priority RFP Cover Sheet (DOC)
Subscriber Priority RFP Evaluation Criteria (PDF)
Subscriber Priority RFP Budget Sheet (XLS)