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 is currently one open request.


WERF is Now Accepting Pre-Proposals for the 2015 Unsolicited Research Program

Proposals in all relevant wastewater, stormwater, and water quality areas are welcome. Submissions are due no later than 5:00 pm EDT on Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Proposers are invited to submit pre-proposals on topics consistent with WERF's ongoing efforts to advance science and technology addressing water quality issues as they impact water resources, the atmosphere, the land, and quality of life. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, conveyance systems; wastewater treatment; reuse; solids management; condition assessment and infrastructure management; energy efficiency; decentralized collection and treatment systems; risk assessment and communication; watershed management and water quality; and other emerging issues. 

The 2015 Unsolicited Research Program also encourages submittals of applications to test and evaluate innovative technologies at wastewater and stormwater facilities. The launch and growth of the joint WERF/ WEF Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) program has placed an increased emphasis and urgency on moving new technologies into practice and accelerating innovation. LIFT’s high priority technology areas currently include: Biosolids to Energy, Energy from Wastewater, Digestion Enhancements, Nutrient Removal, P-Recovery, Collection Systems, and Green Infrastructure.

This FAQ will be updated continuously with your questions as they arise.
Last Update: 05-26-2015

Supporting Documents:

2015 Unsolicited RFP Call for Pre-Proposals: PDF
2015 Unsolicited RFP Instructions: PDF
2015 Unsolicited RFP Cover Sheet: DOC