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.


Toolbox for Completing an Alternatives Analysis as Part of an Integrated Planning Approach to Water Quality Compliance (SIWM9R14)

Program Areas: Integrated Water and Receiving Waters
WERF Contact: Theresa Connor, P.E., Program Director
Phone: (571) 384-2105
E-mail: tconnor@werf.org

Proposals must be received by May 20, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking proposals for research to evaluate tools, software, and research reports and other documents available to assist communities with implementing an Alternatives Analysis within the Integrated Planning Framework and complete a gap analysis for what tools or information are needed for communities to be confident in making such permitting decisions. As part of an Alternatives Analysis, scenarios such as water quality trading agreements, green infrastructure strategies and asset management should be considered, so tools addressing these scenarios should be included.

Anticipated WERF Cost: $100,000: The total WERF cost / budget for the research effort is US $100,000. The budgeted amount (including in-kind / in-cash contributions) is expected to cover the entire scope of work of the research team.

Anticipated Period of Performance: This project is anticipated to be 12 months (1 year) from notice to proceed (NTP). The NTP is anticipated to be issued to selected proposer after Board approval in late July 2015, with an anticipated project start date in mid- to late August 2015. 

Proposals are Due:
 The due date for this RFP is May 20, 2015.

Supporting Documents:

SIWM9R14 RFP: PDF
SIWM9R14 RFP Instructions: PDF
SIWM9R14 RFP Cover Sheet: DOC
SIWM9R14 RFP Budget Sheet: XLSX



Economic Pathways and Partners for use of Reclaimed Water and Harvesting Stormwater (SIWM8R14)

Program Areas: Integrated Water and Resource Recovery
WERF Contact: Theresa Connor, P.E., Program Director
Phone: (571) 384-2105
E-mail: tconnor@werf.org

Proposals must be received by May 13, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Eastern

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is seeking proposals for research to overcome barriers of pricing and economics to utilization of alternative water sources, which will significantly advance knowledge and understanding, and could fundamentally transform Water Resource Recovery Facilities (WRRFs) and stormwater facilities. The proposals should take research to the next level of completion, resulting in practical and implementable solutions for utilization of these resources. Alternative water sources to be considered include secondary and tertiary treated effluent and stormwater. The research should address the obstacles that are preventing these water sources from being effectively utilized and identify partners and pathways needed to create markets for them.

Anticipated WERF Cost: $100,000: The total WERF cost / budget for the research effort is U.S. $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.

Anticipated Period of Performance: This project is anticipated to be 12 months (1 year) from notice to proceed (NTP). The NTP is planned to be issued to selected proposer after Board approval in mid-June 2015, with an anticipated project start date of late July or early August 2015. 

Proposals are Due:
 The due date for this RFP is May 13, 2015 to provide additional time for potential teaming and partnering arrangements, collaboration opportunities, and to obtain in-kind or in-cash contributions.

Supporting Documents:

SIWM8R14 RFP: PDF
SIWM8R14 RFP Instructions: PDF
SIWM8R14 RFP Cover Sheet: DOC
SIWM8R14 RFP Budget Sheet: XLSX
SIWM2T12 Executive Summary: PDF
WERF Water Reuse-Related Research Projects: PDF



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

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