Water Research Foundation Funding Proposal Guidelines

​Our proposal guidelines are designed to ensure consistency and expedite the review process. Use the worksheets below to assist with proposal development.

​Federal Agreements: (provided here as informational only)

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Research Priority Program
This program enables us to solve broadly relevent subscriber issues and challenges with a targeted, sustained research effort. The program is developed around research focus areas; discrete, high-priority problems to be solved, or opportunities to be realized, for subscribers. Learn more.   

Guidelines For Research Priority Area Program Proposals (PDF)  

Research Priority Worksheets:
FAQs.pdfFAQs for Online Proposal Submission
FinancialandGrantManagementResearcherGuidelines.pdfFinancial and Grant Management Researcher Guidelines
InstructionsforBudgetPreparation.pdfInstructions for Budget Preparation
PeriodicReport_Attachment1.pdfPeriodic Report Format And Content
ProjectDeliverableGuidelines.pdfProject Deliverable Guidelines
BudgetForm.xlsxProposal Budget Form
ProposalCoverWorksheet.dotProposal Coversheet
ResearchAreaCoFundingSupportForm.dotResearch Area CoFunding Support Form
TutorialForOnlineProposals.pdfTutorial for Online Proposal Submission

Emerging Opportunities Program
The Emerging Opportunities Program enables us to quickly sponsor time-critical research on emergent, high priority subscriber issues. The program also allows us to commit co-funding for subscriber-relevant research ideas developed by approved partner organizations. Learn more.


​Emerging Opportunities Program Worksheets: (included in the guidelines, or you may download them separately)

EOCoFundingSupportForm.dotEmerging Opportunities CoFunding Support Form
EOProposalCoverSheet.docEmerging Opportunities Program Proposal Coversheet
InstructionsforBudgetPreparation.pdfInstructions for Budget Preparation
BudgetForm.xlsxProposal Budget Form

Tailored Collaboration Program
The Tailored Collaboration Program enables us to partner directly with our utility subscribers on research. Under the Tailored Collaboration Program, a utility subscriber or group of subscribers can obtain matching funds for a research idea that they have developed.

*The full Tailored Collaboration Program Guidelines are coming soon. The full Guidelines are invite only.

​Tailored Collaboration Program Worksheets: (included in the guidelines, or you may download them separately)

CoFundingSupportForm.docCoFunding Support Form
In-KindSupportForm.docIn-kind Support Form
BudgetForm.xlsxProposal Budget Form
ProposalCoversheet.docProposal Coversheet
SampleBudgetNarrative.pdfSample Budget Narrative

​Facilitated Research Services Program
The Facilitated Research Services Program enables our utility subscribers to tap into WRF’s research management expertise. In particular, WRF periodically conducts technology demonstration studies under the Facilitated Research Services Program to prove the applicability and operational capability of emerging technologies.

Technology Demonstration Study Proposal Instructions

​Facilitated Research Services Worksheets:

InstructionsforBudgetPreparation.pdfInstructions for Budget Preparation
WRFTechDemoStudyProposalCoverWorksheet.docTechnology Demonstration Study Proposal Cover Worksheet