The Foundation for Innovation

Moving water innovation into practice.

Innovation at WRF

Our Innovation Program is a multi-pronged initiative to help bring new water technology to the field quickly and efficiently. The program provides a seamless pipeline for research outcomes to culminate in the implementation of innovative processes and technologies.

A digital collaboration platform designed to accelerate the uptake and deployment of innovation into the water sector.

A tool that identifies trends around the deployment of innovative technologies across the water sector.

FAST Water Network

A program that assists those developing and piloting technologies for the water sector.


A collaborative scholarship program for utility personnel to visit and share experiences with innovations of interest.

IWS Challenge

A competition to demonstrate the value of intelligent water systems (IWS) to utilities and foster adoption of smart water technologies.

Program Highlight

$30,000 is given annually through the LIFT SEE IT to support utility personnel as they see and experience innovation around the globe. The scholarship program, jointly spearheaded by WRF, WEF, and NACWA, offsets travel costs in the interest of sharing innovative experiences with their water peers. Members of the three organizations are eligible to see technical, process, financial, and operational innovations.

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Recent Updates

Join WRF at ACE21!


The American Water Works Association's ACE21 All Virtual Conference (June 14-17) is only a week away! ACE21 offers a variety of sessions you can attend to learn more about The...

WRF Funds Seven New Research Projects

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The Water Research Foundation Funds Seven New Projects Volunteers Needed, RFPs Coming in August The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will soon post Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and is seeking volunteers...

WRF Funds Seven New Projects – Volunteers Needed!


The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will soon post Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and is seeking volunteers for seven new research projects funded through WRF's Research Priority Program. This strategic research...

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