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.

Dual Plumbing Costs For Buildings Utilizing Non-Potable Water Reuse (5000)
This project will determine dual plumbing costs for various building typologies (buildings unique in physical characteristics, form and use) that are representative of recent urban and suburban development. The project is a collaboration between Austin Water and The Water Research Foundation (WRF).

Proposals Due: October 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET (3:00 PM MT)

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. 

Please visit for more information on preparing a proposal.

WRF is postponing the deadline for the 7 SWB RFPs posted on August 29th. We will have further information at a later date, and will keep you informed and update the RFPs accordingly.

Quality of Biogas Derived from Wastewater Solids and Co-Digested Organic Wastes: A Characterization Study (4892)
The objective of this project is to:
• Identify feedstock characteristics that correlate to different biogas quality, i.e., how the feedstock substrate impacts gas quality
• Characterize the relevant attributes of both the anaerobic digestion processes and feedstock contributions
• Identify and define the relationship between contaminant and feedstock in a clear and concise manner

Proposals Due: November 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

One Water Cities: Development of Guidance Documents and Assessment Metrics (4969)

The objectives of this projects are:
• To evaluate the state of the art of One Water Cities practices though a literature review, expert interviews, a web search, and a survey
• To establish key metrics and benchmarks to assess the progression towards One Water Cities by conducting a literature review, an analysis of existing examples, and consultation with key utilities
• To identify and document best practices for One Water Cities, including balancing competing tradeoffs

Proposals Due: November 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

Leveraging the Role of Pretreatment Programs in One Water Initiatives: Synthesis of Best Practices and Path Forward (4971)
The objectives of this project are:
• To take a new holistic view of pretreatment programs and their relationship to One Water goals
• To identify regulatory requirements impacting pretreatment programs, including factors that drive (or inhibit) innovation in pretreatment programs
• To look at current, state-of-the-art pretreatment programs, and their relationship with both publicly owned treatment work (POTW) operations and the commercial/industrial user commu-nity
• To identify potential opportunities to leverage pretreatment programs in implementing One Water strategies

Proposals Due:
November 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

Practices to Enhance Internal Fermentation of Side-Stream Secondary Sludge and Mixed Liquor Suspended Solids for Biological Phosphorus Removal (4975)
The objectives of this project are to develop criteria and guidelines for the design and operation of side-stream secondary sludge and mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS) fermentation processes and various configurations for enhanced biological phosphorus (Bio-P) removal and to build on the findings of WRF project U1R13/04869 (Investigation of the Mechanisms for Optimization and Design of a Side-Stream EBPR Process as a Sustainable Approach for Achieving Stable and Efficient P Removal).

Proposals Due: November 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

New Approaches for Reduced Aeration Energy Plus Nutrient Removal (4976)
The objectives of this project are to investigate the highly sustainable next generation approaches for reduced aeration energy plus nutrient removal wastewater treatment processes and to develop a detailed presentation of the state of development, benefits, current challenges, and research gaps for each process.

Proposals Due: November 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

Application of Big Data for Energy Management in Water Utilities (4978)

WRF is currently funding research to better understand how big data could be successfully utilized to manage and optimize current energy management schemes in utilities.

Proposals Due: November 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET (2:00 PM MT)

Obstacles and Solutions for Risk-Based Planning for Smaller Utilities and Limited Budgets (4970)
The objectives of this projects are to:
• Assess the specific challenges in adopting planning frameworks that consider sustainability, resilience, and reliability at smaller utilities that may have limited staff time, expertise, funds, or other site-specific issues.
• Recommend strategies for making risk-based planning more accessible to those utilities.

Proposals Due:
December 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET (2:00 pm MT)

Design Considerations for Integrating Public Engagement at Demonstration Facilities (4979)

Project Objective/Research Question: What are the best practices for integrating public education and engagement elements at potable reuse demonstration facilities?

Proposals Due: December 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm ET (2:00 pm MT)