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.

RFP_4707_EOResilient Infrastructure in the Water Sector Workshop and Research Needs Assessment
Through a professionally-facilitated workshop and pre-workshop activities:
1) Define “resilient infrastructure” and identify existing resources, ongoing efforts, best practices, and potential partner agencies or organizations addressing infrastructure resilience in the water sector,
2) Identify if additional research is needed in this area, and
3) If additional research is needed, prioritize those needs and identify research objectives.
4/26/2017 3:00 PM

Submit a proposal for the 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. 

RFP_4711Occurrence Survey of Bromide and Iodide in Water Supplies
The objectives of this project are to complete a comprehensive survey of bromide and iodide, and to determine their role in the formation of regulated and non-regulated disinfection byproducts (DBPs), in drinking water supplies and develop a better understanding of how changes in watersheds, industrial discharges, and other factors impact these key precursors.
7/19/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4713Full Lead Service Line Replacement Guidance
Evaluate strategies to reduce lead exposure after conducting full lead service line replacements
5/17/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4714Intelligent Water Networks Summit and Workshops
The project objective is to exchange and document information and practical experiences among utilities interested in intelligent water networks. This will be accomplished through a series of workshops, an executive briefing, a webcast, and a listing of available resources to be captured on a WRF web page. Topics covered will include cybersecurity, big data, smart network design and implementation, maintenance, and other relevant topics revealed by a pre-summit questionnaire.
5/17/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4715Anticipating Trade-offs of Using Alternative Water Supplies
This project aims to provide guidance for utility supply planners to better identify and address the trade-offs of using alternative water supplies as viable resources in long range planning to ensure water security. This guidance will:
• Identify potential alternative water supply strategies, including but not limited to conservation, centralized and decentralized potable and non-potable water reuse, stormwater and rainwater capture and use, seawater and brackish groundwater desalination, and graywater and blackwater reuse to meet future water needs.
• Correlate the use of alternative water supplies with corresponding trade-offs in terms of water quality, emerging contaminants, public health, public perception, regulations, energy use and savings, greenhouse gas emissions, riparian and other environmental flows, infrastructure wear and tear, social impacts, and other important considerations that may be identified during the research.
• Summarize lessons learned and best practices that address the informational gaps of identified potential trade-offs to inform the development of a methodical approach that can be utilized to develop robust water supply plans that balance, minimize, mitigate, and/or avoid potential negative consequences, while maintaining the benefits of using alternative water supplies/sources.
6/14/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4716Refinement and Standardization of Cyanotoxin Analytical Techniques for Drinking Water
The objective of this project is to evaluate existing chemical and biological methods for the analysis of cyanotoxins at low part-per-trillion (ppt) detection levels in raw and finished drinking water and provide unified methods and practical analytical guidelines for utilities to improve the quality of monitoring efforts.
7/19/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4717Innovative Technologies to Effectively Manage Deteriorating Infrastructure
This project will investigate and discuss a wide range of innovative technologies that could be used to effectively manage deteriorating water infrastructure. The investigation should identify technologies at various stages of research, development and application that could benefit the water industry. The project will provide a detailed technical assessment of the suitability of these technologies for application in North America.
7/19/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4718Battery Storage System Guidance for Water and Wastewater Utilities
Develop guidance for water and wastewater utilities to evaluate opportunities, benefits, costs, and risks of implementing battery storage systems
5/17/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4719Biofiltration Guidance Manual for Rapid-Rate Filtration Facilities
The objective of this project is to develop a set of guidelines for design, operation, maintenance, and monitoring of biologically active rapid-rate gravity filters. These guidelines will be tailored to a wide range of surface water quality and reflect the operational approaches commonly used in North America. This guidance manual is intended to benefit currently operating and planned biological filters and will adequately capture the extensive knowledge gathered in the past of research on this topic.
6/14/2017 5:00 PM
RFP_4721Method(s) for Detecting and Differentiating Opportunistic Premise Plumbing Pathogens (OPPPs) to Determine Efficacy of Control and Treatment Technologies
The objective of this project is to develop and/or optimize method(s) for detecting and differentiating multiple opportunistic premise plumbing pathogens and to demonstrate method applicability, suitability, and effective use following OPPP treatment and control options.
6/14/2017 5:00 PM