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.

This project will develop a practical framework for utilities that operate drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems to use as a tool in developing resilience plans for their infrastructure, to help meet the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) requirements, and to achieve the ultimate goal of increasing water infrastructure resilience.

Proposals Due: June 21, 2019 by 5 PM ET

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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Project Objectives
• To develop a synthesized, easy-to-use pocket guide for enhancement of wastewater and stormwater utility resilience to extreme weather and climate events by focusing on proactive risk assessment and management of flooding due to extreme rainfall;
• To build on the previous WRF projects Water/Wastewater Utilities and Extreme Climate and Weather Events (WERF et al. 2014) and Water Quality Impacts of Extreme Weather-Related Events (Stanford et al. 2014) by reflecting the latest trends and best practices, including technological advances on proactive wet weather and flood management;
• To connect with the WRF project Managing Heavy Precipitation, Water Quality, and Flooding in Urban Environments: An Urban Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Workshop.

Proposals Due: June 4, 2019 by 4:00 PM ET

Expanding the Use of Wastewater Epidemiology Tools to Improve Water Quality, Identify Service Populations under Stress, and Promote One Water Goals for a Thriving City (4972)
• To advance our understanding of and the use of existing wastewater epidemiology tools within the context of recent drug use and abuse crises in service areas of various utilities in the U.S.
• To identify specific opioid compounds of interest (e.g., hydrocodone, tramadol, oxycodone, methadone, codeine, dihydrocodeine, nicocodeine) and build upon existing surveillance and monitoring systems with feedback loops to improve water quality and social outcomes.
• To leverage data and water quality controls in the wastewater sector to help cities achieve the interrelated goals of One Water management (environmental, social, and economic).

Proposals Due: June 4, 2019 by 4:00 PM ET

Submit a Proposal for an Open Solicitation

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