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Proposal Management System

The RFPs listed below will eventually be available through our proposal management system. 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.

Call for Volunteers

We are currently seeking Project Advisory Committee (PAC) volunteers to help review and refine the RFPs listed below, review submitted proposals, monitor research progress and results, and review and approve final project deliverables. Visit Participate in Research to learn more about volunteering.

Upcoming RFPs

RFPs for the projects listed below will be released in August 2020.

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Upcoming RFQs

  • Interlaboratory and Methods Assessment 

    Currently, no standard methods have been established for the detection of the genetic fingerprint of COVID-19 in water or wastewater. While environmental surveillance of sewersheds holds significant promise as a near-term indicator of community-level trends of COVID-19, this information will be most useful for public health decision makers if it can be repeated and compared across different laboratories that are analyzing samples.  This research will engage several laboratories to determine: 

    • Which methods produce the most reliable results for analyzing the genetic fingerprint of COVID-19 

    • The extent to which laboratories are able to reproduce sample results 

  • Stability of Genetic Signal in Wastewater Matrix 

    This research seeks to identify potential changes in the genetic fingerprint of COVID-19 as it travels through sewer systems. This research will address: 

    • Dilution of the genetic signal in sewage 

    • Loss of the genetic fingerprint while in transit in the collection system due to adsorption and degradation 

    • Loss of the genetic fingerprint due to interference from other wastewater constituents 

    • Effect of the wastewater treatment process on the genetic signal 

  • Impact of Storage and Pre-Treatment Methods on Signal Strength 

    Several pretreatment methods have been utilized to protect wastewater workers or to preserve samples for future analysis. The objective of this research will be to identify the effect of the following pre-treatments on genetic fingerprint strength: 

    • Heating wastewater samples to inactivate potentially live virus  

    • Addition of chemicals to inactivate potentially viable pathogens in the wastewater samples 

    • Storage of samples at 4°C, -20°C, -40°C, -80°C.