Open Requests

WRF funds water research on behalf of its subscribers, and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. WRF 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.  

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.

Submit a proposal for the Solicited/Focus Area Program Online

The Water Research Foundation utilizes an online proposal management system. To begin the process of submitting a proposal online, you will need login credentials and the name or RFP# of the project for which you want to submit a proposal. To ensure successful submission, visit the proposal management system and claim your login credentials using the "Request a Login" link. Please know, it can take up-to 48 business hours to provide credentials to new users. 

Early Submission of proposals and supporting documents is highly encouraged. 

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Building on existing work, the objective of this project is to develop updated guidelines for optimizing nutrient removal plant performance. This will be accomplished through additional research or demonstration and from documented performance for nitrogen and phosphorus removal through the use of tools such as operational best practices, online instrumentation, control capabilities, model-based controls, and smart systems (research and LIFT).

Proposals Due: February 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

New Approaches for Improved Nutrient Management: Phase 1 (4974)

The objective of this project is to engage stakeholders from point and non-point source communities, as well as regulators, who are impacted by nutrient loading in water systems. Together, a research roadmap and action items will be developed which could include investigating new, holistic, and practical approaches to nutrient management such as incentives for utilities to adopt innovative technologies for nutrient removal, probabilistic permitting, watershed-based approaches, and data transparency based on sound science.

Proposals Due: February 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

Assessing The State Of Knowledge And Research Needs For Stormwater Harvesting (4841)
Project Objective:
• To evaluate the state of the knowledge and research needs of stormwater harvesting through a combination of literature review, web search, phone interviews, and a workshop;
• To better understand the variation of stormwater harvesting at regional and state levels;
• To prepare a synthesis document, including recommendations on preliminary project concepts based on workshop discussion outcomes;
• To communicate the results through a webcast.

Proposals Due: February 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

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