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.


Submit a proposal for the Emerging Opportunities Program

Instructions for submitting a proposal for this program are contained in the RFP. Learn more about this program.

Development Of A Design, Operations, And Regulations Guidance Manual And Training Materials For Onsite Non-Potable Water Systems (RFP_4909)

Identify the skills and knowledge required and create a guidance manual and companion training program for design engineers, operators, utilities, regulators, and technology providers of onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) based on the National Blue Ribbon Commission’s Guidebook for Developing and Implementing Regulations for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems.

Proposals Due: April 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM MT

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Decision Support Framework for Drinking Water Treatment Plants Experiencing Lake Recovery (RFP_4920)

The project will develop and test decision support framework (DSF) for a source-to-tap treatment strategy for drinking water treatment plants undergoing changes in source water quality. Components of the DSF will include 1) a robust source water monitoring program that can capture rapid and long-term water quality changes, 2) a strategic method for utilities to evaluate efficacy of existing treatment that identifies source water quality trigger points and thresholds for alternative treatment regimes in order to meet utility defined finished water quality treatment objectives, and 3) consideration of unintended consequences to distribution system water quality due to source water quality changes and/or changes to water treatment.

The DSF will be tested and validated by case study of the project co-sponsor and utility participant Halifax Regional Water Commission (Halifax Water) located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Proposals Due: May 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM MT

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Golf Course Sustainability Program Effectiveness On Surface Water Quality

Golf courses use fertilizers, pesticides, and other landscape management techniques that can lead to impaired surface and groundwater quality. The objective of this project is to use data sets from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ASCP) for Golf Courses as a case study for assessing the effectiveness of sustainability actions or practices on surface water quality and, as an end result, provide guidance to other programs on effectiveness assessments and data collection for water quality improvement.

Proposals Due: May 10, 2018 at 3:00 PM MT

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