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. 

Incorporating Forestry into Stormwater Management Programs: State of the Science and Business Model Evaluation for Nutrient Reduction and Volume Control (SIWM12C15)

Program Area: Sustainable Integrated Water Management, Stormwater
WE&RF Contact: Katy Lackey, Dual M.A., Research Manager
Phone: (571) 384-2100, Ext. 42155 

WE&RF is currently seeking proposals to build upon existing knowledge of trees and forests for use in stormwater management. The project is intended to expand the sector’s understanding of how forests can help meet stormwater management program objectives, with particular attention to nutrient reduction and volume control. The project should include a review of the current state of the science, and a discussion of economic considerations in using forestry systems. 

Anticipated WE&RF Cost: The maximum amount of funding available from WE&RF for this project is $100,000. This project is co-sponsored by WE&RF and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities. 

Anticipated Period of Performance: The anticipated period of investigation for this project is 12 to 18 months, from notice to proceed (NTP). A NTP will be issued to the selected proposer after Board approval in January 2017, with an anticipated project start date of March 1, 2017. 

Proposals Due: Monday, December 19, 2016

Supporting Documents:
SIWM12C15 RFP Instructions (PDF)
SIWM12C15 RFP Cover Sheet (DOC)
SIWM12C15 RFP Budget Sheet (XLS)

CRP (Water) Request-For-Proposal (RFP 16/01) – Open Call on Water Technologies

The Competitive Research Programme (CRP) (Water) has launched its new Request-for-Proposal (RFP 1601) – Open Call on Water Technologies on October 6, 2016, 10:00 am (Singapore time, GMT +08:00). This Open RFP comprises two tracks focusing on two types of research development, namely, a) Development of novel ideas and b) Translation of research. The deadline for the white paper submission is December 8, 2016, 11:00 am (Singapore time, GMT +08:00). Please visit NRF’s Research, Innovation and Technology Administration (RITA) website at for more details on the application procedures and proposal submissions.