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 two Open Requests.

Evaluating Economic and Environmental Benefits of Water Reuse for Agriculture (Reuse-16-06)

Program Area: Water Reuse
WE&RF Contact: Kristan VandenHeuvel
Phone:  (571) 699-0025

WE&RF is currently funding research to evaluate the economic and environmental benefits of water reuse for agriculture. The objective of this effort is to provide documentation and characterization of economic and environmental benefits and obstacles to utilizing nontraditional water sources for agricultural irrigation as determined by an economic analysis using cost benefit analysis or other economic analysis tools.

Anticipated WE&RF Cost: The maximum funding available for this project is $90,000. This project is funded by the Pentair Foundation.

Anticipated Period of Performance: The anticipated period of investigation for this project is 12-15 months from notice to proceed.

Proposals Due: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by 8:00 pm ET.

Supporting Documents:
Reuse-16-06 RFP (PDF)
Reuse-16-06 RFP Attachments A-E (DOC)

  • Attachment A: Cover Sheet
  • Attachment B: WE&RF Budget Template
  • Attachment C: WE&RF In-Kind Support Table for Participating Utilities/Organizations
  • Attachment D: WE&RF In-Kind Support Sample Letter
  • Attachment E: WE&RF Project Team Template

Mapping Climate Information to Utility Business Functions (RFP 4729)

WRF Contact: Kenan Ozekin
Phone: (303) 734-3464

The Water Research Foundation has released an RFP for a new project that aims to identify how climate change could affect the full range of water utility business functions. Learn more.

Proposals Due: November 9, 2017​​

Targeted Call for Innovative Water Reuse & Desalination Technologies

Program Area: LIFT
WE&RF Contact: Aaron Fisher
Phone: (571) 451-2840

WE&RF is seeking cutting-edge water reuse and desalination technologies to improve treatment and operations at municipal and industrial facilities. Innovative technologies and processes that can provide improvements in 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 WE&RF subscribers, as well as 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
  • Biologically Active Filtration
  • Brine Concentrate Management and Treatment
  • Control Systems
  • Direct Potable Reuse
  • Disinfection
  • Fit-for-Purpose Reuse
  • Granular Activated Carbon
  • Forward Osmosis
  • Indirect Potable Reuse
  • Low Pressure Membranes
  • Membrane Bioreactors
  • Membrane Distillation
  • Membrane Fouling Control
  • Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies
  • Nitrate Control
  • Non-Membrane Processes for Water Reuse
  • Ozone Treatment
  • Pre-Treatment Technologies
  • Removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concern
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Sensors
  • Thermal and Hybrid Technologies
  • Zero Liquid Discharge Technologies
  • Other Innovative Technologies

Submissions are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. There is no cost to apply. To apply, please visit LIFT Link and click the Apply button at the top. All users will need to create a WE&RF account before applying. Technologies in other areas will be accepted and are encouraged. For more information, contact WE&RF Technology and Innovation Manager Aaron Fisher at