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.

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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. 

RFP_4813Critical 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.
10/10/2018 5:00 PMMountain
RFP_4911Sampling and Monitoring Strategies for Opportunistic Pathogens in Drinking Water Distribution Systems
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.
8/22/2018 5:00 PMMountain
RFP_4915Characterization and Contamination Testing of Source Separated Organic Feedstocks and Slurries for Co-Digestion at Resource Recovery Facilities
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.
8/22/2018 5:00 PMMountain
RFP_4916The Impact of Pre-Chlorination and GAC Treatment on DBP Formation and Overall Toxicity in Drinking Water
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.
8/22/2018 5:00 PMMountain
RFP_4917Utilizing Smart Water Networks to Manage Pressure and Flow for Reduction of Water Loss and Pipe Breaks
Develop an approach in water systems using intelligent water networks to manage pressures and flows to extend pipe life and reduce water loss.
8/22/2018 5:00 PMMountain

Submit a proposal to the Alexandria, VA Office


The Alexandria Office is currently accepting pre-proposals for the 2018 Unsolicited Research Program. Learn More

Request for Pre-Proposals
2018 Subscriber Priority Program Request for Pre-Proposals

​The Water Research Foundation is seeking pre-proposals for funding consideration under its 2018 Subscriber Priority (SP) Research Program, which is reserved for Subscribers. The SP Research Program is designed to encourage collaboration with Foundation Subscribers on research. Subscriber Priority projects typically address applied research topics that may be local or regional in nature. The research topic should be broadly applicable to wastewater, stormwater, drinking water and/or seawater. Proposals should complement the Foundation’s ongoing research and not duplicate any current or pending project. SP proposals are accepted once per year under a two-step process. An initial pre-proposal of no more than four pages in length is first submitted for review and screening. In the second phase, full proposals are requested for those pre-proposals judged to have the greatest potential outcome.

2018 SP Budget: $354,090 for 4-5 project awards
Deadline for Pre-Proposals: Monday, August 13, 2018 by 8:00 PM ET
Shortlisted Full Proposal Invitation: Early October 2018
WRF Contact: Stefani McGregor

Supporting Documents:
  • Attachment A: Full Proposal Instructions
  • Attachment B: Pre-Proposal and Full Proposal Evaluation Criteria  

Pre-proposals must be submitted via email to by August 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Proposals received after 8:00 p.m. ET on this date will not be considered. Receipt of pre-proposals will be acknowledged by email. 

The timeline for the 2018 Subscriber Priority Program is as follows:
  • June 2018: The “Request for Pre-proposals” is released
  • August 13: Pre-proposals are due
  • August/September: Subscriber Priority Review Committee evaluates proposals and makes recommendations for short list
  • Early October: Foundation notifies research teams whose preproposals were selected and requests full proposals
  • November 5: Full proposals are due
  • November/December: Subscriber Priority Committee reviews full proposals and recommends projects for funding
  • January: Board of Directors reviews the projects and approves recommended proposals
  • January: Award projects under the 2017 Subscriber Priority Research Program.

**Please note that this program is separate from the Unsolicited Research Program Call for Pre-Proposals, which are due on Friday, July 13, 2018. Please contact if you have questions on the Unsolicited Program.​​