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 is accepting proposals only online for the following projects at  To begin the process of submitting a proposal online, you will need a website login and the name or RFP# of the project for which you want to submit a proposal. Information about submitting a proposal online is contained in the RFP.  

Critical Evaluation and Assessment of Health and Environmental Risks from Antibiotic Resistance in Reuse and Wastewater Applications
The goal of this project is to examine approaches to quantify the public health and environmental risks related to antibiotic resistance in reuse and wastewater applications.
Proposals Due: October 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

Sampling and Monitoring Strategies for Opportunistic Pathogens in Drinking Water Distribution Systems (RFP_4911)

The goal of this project is to establish an optimized sampling and monitoring protocol providing a practical guideline for drinking water utilities to manage the detection of opportunistic pathogens in distribution systems.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

Characterization and Contamination Testing of Source Separated Organic Feedstocks and Slurries for Co-Digestion at Resource Recovery Facilities (RFP_4915)
The objectives of this project are to identify, evaluate, and develop techniques for characterizing source separated organic (SSO) feedstocks and slurries for co-digestion at resource recovery facilities and testing them for contamination; to link characteristics to product quality; and support development of minimum feedstock quality standards for various product goals and standardization of sampling protocols for rapid monitoring of feedstocks.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

The Impact of Pre-Chlorination and GAC Treatment on DBP Formation and Overall Toxicity in Drinking Water (RFP_4916)

The objective of this project is to investigate the impact of pre-chlorination followed by GAC on the removal of cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of drinking water, using appropriate bioassays.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM MT

Utilizing Smart Water Networks to Manage Pressure and Flow for Reduction of Water Loss and Pipe Breaks (RFP_4917)

Develop an approach in water systems using intelligent water networks to manage pressures and flows to extend pipe life and reduce water loss.
Proposals Due: August 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM MT

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