Emerging Opportunities Program
The Emerging Opportunities (EO) Program enables WRF Staff to 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, as well as add additional funding to existing research projects. Ten percent of WRF's annual research budget is directed to the EO program.
Individual projects are submitted by WRF staff to the EO Staff Committee, which makes recommendations on a monthly basis to the CEO. Worthy projects are evaluated and approved for funding by the Board of Directors Executive Committee throughout the year, subject to need and available funding.
EO projects are usually of short duration (3-12 months) and typically range in value from $25,000 to $50,000. The project funding maximum is $200,000.
Project add-ons are limited to $25,000.
- This is a staff-driven program
- The viability of projects is determined based on time sensitivity, breadth and depth of impact, and applicability to emerging issues in the water sector.
The following projects have been funded by our Emerging Opportunities Program.
- Leading Water Utility Innovation
- Development and Validation of a Real-time Fluorescence Sensor Prototype for Early Detection of Nitrification in Drinking Water Distribution Systems
- Environmental Persistence and Disinfection of the Lassa Virus and SARS-CoV-2 to Protect Worker and Public Safety
- Managing Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP) to Extend Asset Life
- Opportunities and Barriers for Distributed/Renewable Energy Resource Development at Water and Wastewater Utilities
- Comparison of Cost-Benefit Analysis for Green Roofs versus Solar Panels in Addressing Sustainability Goals
- Using Climate Information in Water Utility Planning
- Biosolids Research Summit
- Test and Enhance Water Utility Business Risk and Opportunity Framework and Guidebook
- Version 2.0 Level 1 Water Audit Validation Guidance Manual
- Validation Protocols for Membrane Bioreactors and Ozone/Biologically Activated Carbon for Potable Reuse
Please contact Julie Minton, Research Unit Leader, with questions about the Emerging Opportunities Program.