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.



Developing Exposure and Toxicity Data for Priority Trace Organics in Biosolids (TOBI2R15)

Program Areas: Trace Organic Compounds in Biosolids
WERF Contact: Lola Olabode, MPH, Program Director
Phone: (571) 384-2109
E-mail: lolabode@werf.org
Proposals must be received by April 30, 2015, 5:00 p.m. Eastern

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking proposals to develop needed exposure and hazard data (i.e., human health toxicity and ecotoxicity) for three (3) higher priority trace organics: polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), Azithromycin, and Ciprofloxacin. These were identified among many priority chemicals in the 2009 U.S. EPA Targeted National Sewage Sludge Survey (TNSSS) (EPA, 2009). The period of performance is anticipated to be 24 months (2 years) from notice to proceed (NTP) for this initial contract. NTP will be issued to selected proposer after Board approval in May 2015, with an anticipated project start date of July 15, 2015.

Proposals are due to WERF not later than April 30, 2015
  • WERF anticipates making the award by-May 29, 2015.
  • A complete Draft Report is due to WERF by end-October, 2017.
  • A Final Report is due to WERF within 12 weeks of receipt of comments on the Draft Report.
Anticipated WERF Cost: $250,000. The total WERF cost / budget for the research effort is anticipated not to exceed US$250,000 for this project / contract (this includes funds from WERF and more than a dozen partners). 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 chemical manufacturers, producers, water resource recovery facilities, personnel, laboratories, etc., are also encouraged. These additional funds / contributions will be considered in the selection and ranking of proposals.

Anticipated Period of Performance: The anticipated project start date of July 15, 2015 for this 24-month (2-year) project.

Proposals are Due: The due date for this RFP is April 30, 2015 to provide additional time for potential teaming and partnering arrangements, collaboration opportunities, and to obtain in-kind or in-cash contributions.

Supporting Documents:

TOBI2R15 RFP: PDF
TOBI2R15 RFP Instructions: PDF
Trace Organic Chemicals in Biosolids-Amended Soils Report (SRSK5T09): PDF
Trace Organic Chemicals in Biosolids-Amended Soils Executive Summary (SRSK5T09ES): PDF
Gathering Unpublished Data for Compounds Detected in Biosolids Report (TOBI1T11): PDF
Gathering Unpublished Data for Compounds Detected in Biosolids Executive Summary (TOBI1T11ES): PDF