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_4944Development of a Roadmap for DBP Toxicity Tools, Surrogates and Indicators to Help Utility Decision Making
The objective of the workshop and report is to develop a 10-year vision for the drinking water research community with a suggested research roadmap that will answer outstanding questions related to the assessment of relative risks from disinfection byproducts (DBPs) in drinking water. Specifically, the roadmap should outline the questions and research projects that will be needed to provide municipal water utilities with chemical and bioanalytical tools to assess relative risk from DBPs in drinking water after different treatment trains or water qualities, and include strategies to identify indicators or surrogates for potential human biological responses to inorganic and organic DBPs in drinking water. Moving beyond TOC, TOX, THMs, and HAAs, a workshop will identify the path forward that will eventually determine what assays, tools, surrogates or indicators (chemical or biological) are best suited to provide an overall risk reduction strategy.
8/7/2018 3:00 PMMountain

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_4910Evaluating Key Factors that Affect the Accumulation and Release of Lead from Galvanized Pipes
The objective of this project is to better understand the scenarios where Galvanized Pipes can contribute to lead at the tap, the magnitude of lead release from Galvanized Pipes, and factors that can impact accumulation and lead release from Galvanized Pipes.
6/27/2018 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_4912Developing Guidance for Assessment and Evaluation of Harmful Algal Blooms, and Implementation of Control Strategies in Source Water
The objectives of this project are to:
• Develop authoritative guidance for managers to evaluate and manage the occurrence and risk associated with harmful algal blooms (HABs) in source waters and select control techniques that are appropriate to their needs and capabilities.
• Implement a decision tree to support this evaluation as a web-based resource linked to critically reviewed and validated information, guidelines, and regulations.
6/27/2018 5:00 PMMountain
RFP_4913Investigation of Treatment Alternatives for Short-Chain Poly and Perfluoroalkyl Substances
The objective of this project is to investigate treatment alternatives for short-chain PFAS in drinking water sources.
6/27/2018 5:00 PMMountain
RFP_4914Utility Responses to Cyanobacterial/Cyanotoxin Events; Case Studies and Lessons Learned
The objective of this project is to gather and present case studies that illustrate drinking water utility experiences and associated responses to cyanobacterial and cyanotoxin events, in their source and/or finished waters. The project will develop guidelines that would help utilities develop and implement successful programs for managing cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins.
6/27/2018 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

Call for Pre-Proposals
2018 Unsolicited Research Program Call for Pre-Proposals

Program Area: Pre-proposals will be accepted for research on drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, stormwater, and other sources of water addressing water quality, nutrients, energy, reuse, and biosolids.

Submissions & Inquiries:
Phone: (571) 384-2109

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will be offering funding for research projects under the Unsolicited Research Program that can be the catalyst for transforming our understanding of our water resources and our ability to protect and preserve them in a sustainable and cost effective manner and to minimize impact on public health and the environment. WRF is seeking pioneering pre-proposals that will significantly advance knowledge and understanding and that could fundamentally transform how WRF subscribers perform their work. 
2018 Unsolicited Research Program Budget: $354,090 for 3-4 project awards
Project Duration: 2 Years

Pre-proposals Due: Friday, July 13, 2018