Open Requests

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

High Quality Biosolids from Wastewater (NTRY7R15)

Program Area: Resource Recovery
WERF Contact: Amit Pramanik, Ph.D., BCEEM, Director of Research
Phone: (571) 384-2101
E-mail: apramanik@werf.org 

Proposals must be received by February 17, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

As utilities prepare for the future, guidance on manufacturing high-quality biosolids that are fit for specific purposes and markets is essential. Likewise, increasing the industry’s understanding of the potential market value of these products is needed. The goal of this project is to significantly expand biosolids use nationwide by helping define the standards and specifications needed for water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) to cost effectively produce and more successfully market high-quality, safe, and stable biosolids, with identified benefits for both the generator (the WRRF) and the end user.

Anticipated WERF Cost: $287,000. The WERF cost / budget for this nationwide (i.e., within the USA) research effort is US $250,000. An additional amount of up to AUS $45,000 (approximately US $37,000) will be provided by a number of water utilities affiliated with the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and Water New Zealand to further expand this research to include Australia and New Zealand. An additional amount of in-kind contributions will also be provided by these utilities and WSAA to further expand the research effort to include Australia and New Zealand. The total WERF cost / budget will therefore increase to $287,000. The selected proposer should include capacity/capability on their team to include these Australian and New Zealand utilities.
Anticipated Period of Performance: The anticipated project start date is June 1, 2015 for this two (2)-year project.
Proposals are Due: The due date for this RFP is February 17, 2015 to provide additional time for potential teaming and partnership arrangements, collaboration opportunities, and to obtain in-kind or in-cash contributions.

Supporting Documents

NTRY7R15 RFP: PDF (79 KB)
NTRY7R15 RFP Cover Sheet: DOC (69 KB)
NTRY7R15 RFP Instructions: PDF (107 KB)
NTRY7R15 Budget Sheet: XLS (43 KB)
CASA Letter of Participation and Support: PDF (197 KB)



Plasmids and Rare Earth Elements from Wastewater (NTRY8R15)

Program Area: Resource Recovery
WERF Contact: Amit Pramanik, Ph.D., BCEEM, Director of Research
Phone: (571) 384-2101
E-mail: apramanik@werf.org 

Proposals must be received by January 27, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

A significant data gap exists on the occurrence, market, and recovery potential of commodities such as plasmids and rare earth elements from water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). The goal of this project is to conduct a feasibility study on the recovery of these commodities and to help define the standards and specifications needed for WRRFs to produce and market high-quality plasmids and rare earth elements, for both the generator (the WRRF) and the end user.

Anticipated WERF Cost: The total WERF cost / budget for the research effort is anticipated to be about US $50,000. Proposers are strongly encouraged to seek additional partners, collaborators, test sites, case studies, etc., to further leverage the level of effort and funding, as well as to successfully complete the research.
Anticipated Period of Performance: The anticipated project start date is May 1, 2015 for a duration not to exceed one (1) year.
Proposals are Due: The due date for this RFP is January 27, 2015 to provide additional time for potential teaming and partnership arrangements, collaboration opportunities, and to obtain in-kind or in-cash contributions.

Supporting Documents

NTRY8R15 RFP: PDF (92 KB)
NTRY8R15 RFP Cover Sheet: DOC (69 KB)
NTRY8R15 RFP Instructions: PDF (107 KB)
NTRY8R15 Budget Sheet: XLS (43 KB)
CASA Letter of Participation and Support: PDF (211 KB)


Stream Restoration as a Best Management Practice (WERF1T13)

Program Area: Stormwater
WERF Contact: Theresa Connor, Program Director
Phone: (571) 384-2105
E-mail: tconnor@werf.org

Proposals must be received by December 19, 2014, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

Many communities have found that Stream Restoration practices are one of the most effective ways to reduce pollutions and restore environmental habitat with rate payer funds. Currently there is no agreed upon methodology within the United States for permitting agencies to use when assigning pollutant reduction credits to stream restoration projects. The primary goal for this research effort is to develop a guidance document and consistent approach for regulatory agencies to use to assign pollutant reduction credits for stream restoration as a Best Management Practice (BMP). 

Anticipated WERF Cost: The total WERF cost/budget for the research effort is anticipated to be US $60,000. The expected cost of the project is $100,000. Proposers are strongly encouraged to seek additional partners, collaborators, test sites, case studies, etc., to further leverage the level of effort and funding, as well as to successfully complete the research. Additional in-cash and in-kind contributions, for example, through additional communities, water resource recovery facilities, partners, etc., are also encouraged. 
Anticipated period of performance: The anticipated project start date is late March, 2015. 
Proposals are due: The due date for this RFP is December 19, 2014 to provide additional time for potential teaming and partnership arrangements, collaboration opportunities, and to obtain in-kind or in-cash contributions.

Supporting Documents: