Subscriber Priority Program

The Subscriber Priority Program is designed to encourage collaboration with WRF Subscribers on research. Subscriber Priority projects typically address applied research topics that may be local or regional in nature. However, the research topics should be broadly applicable to WRF members and should complement WRF’s ongoing research and not duplicate current or pending projects.
 
Subscriber Priority proposals are accepted once per year under a two-step process. An initial pre-proposal of no more than four pages in length is first submitted for review and screening. In the second phase, full proposals are requested for those pre-proposals determined to have the greatest potential impact or outcome. The number of full proposals requested is approximately twice the number of projects to be awarded. 

WRF’s Subscriber Priority Committee will review the pre-proposals and recommend a shortlist of projects which merit a request for full proposals. The Subscriber Priority Committee will also review the full proposals for funding consideration.

Budgets for Subscriber Priority projects must allocate at least 50% of the total project funding for cash contributions. In other words, the researcher must obtain or contribute cash equal to the amount WRF is providing (if WRF provides $50,000, the team must provide a matching $50,000 cash contribution). Grants or awards from other institutions are not eligible towards the cash match. Additional in-kind services may be provided beyond the 50% cash match requirement.

Organizations are eligible to submit more than one pre-proposal in a given year, but are limited to one award per cycle. 

2018 Subscriber Priority Program Request for Pre-Proposals


The Water Research Foundation is seeking pre-proposals for funding consideration under its 2018 Subscriber Priority (SP) Research Program, which is reserved for Subscribers. The SP Research Program is designed to encourage collaboration with Foundation Subscribers on research. Subscriber Priority projects typically address applied research topics that may be local or regional in nature. The research topic should be broadly applicable to wastewater, stormwater, drinking water and/or seawater. Proposals should complement the Foundation’s ongoing research and not duplicate any current or pending project. SP proposals are accepted once per year under a two-step process. An initial pre-proposal of no more than four pages in length is first submitted for review and screening. In the second phase, full proposals are requested for those pre-proposals judged to have the greatest potential outcome.

2018 SP Budget: $354,090 for 4-5 project awards
Deadline for Pre-Proposals: Monday, August 13, 2018 by 8:00 PM ET
Shortlisted Full Proposal Invitation: Early October 2018
WRF Contact: Stefani McGregor

Supporting Documents:
2018 Subscriber Priority Program RFP (PDF)
  • Attachment A: Full Proposal Instructions
  • Attachment B: Pre-Proposal and Full Proposal Evaluation Criteria  
2018 Subscriber Priority Program RFP Cover Sheet (DOC) 
2018 Subscriber Priority Program RFP FAQs (PDF)

Pre-proposals must be submitted via email to smcgregor@waterrf.org by August 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Proposals received after 8:00 p.m. ET on this date will not be considered. Receipt of pre-proposals will be acknowledged by email. 

Please note that this program is separate from the Unsolicited Research Program call for Pre-proposals, which are due on Friday, July 13, 2018. Please contact UnsolicitedProposals@waterrf.org if you have questions on the Unsolicited Program.​​

The timeline for the 2018 Subscriber Priority Program is as follows:

  • June 2018: The “Request for Pre-proposals” is released
  • August 13: Pre-proposals are due
  • August/September: Subscriber Priority Review Committee evaluates proposals and makes recommendations for short list
  • Early October: Foundation notifies research teams whose preproposals were selected and requests full proposals
  • November 5: Full proposals are due
  • November/December: Subscriber Priority Committee reviews full proposals and recommends projects for funding
  • January: Board of Directors reviews the projects and approves recommended proposals
  • January: Award projects under the 2018 Subscriber Priority Research Program.