The Water Research Foundation Seeks Nominations for Paul L. Busch Award

Feb 7, 2024
Press Release

(Denver, CO) 02/08/24 – The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Paul L. Busch Award. The $100,000 award recognizes one outstanding individual for innovative research in the field of water quality and the water environment.

WRF’s Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research supports this annual award, named in honor of Paul L. Busch, PhD. He demonstrated creativity, visionary thinking, and practical application of scientific research—all of which are essential to ensure a clean water environment for future generations. As a leader in the water community, Dr. Busch challenged engineers and scientists to devise new solutions to current and future water quality challenges.

“I'm looking forward to continuing the legacy of the Paul L. Busch Award with the next awardee,” said Dr. William Tarpeh, recipient of the 2023 award. “This award recognizes those who are changing the trajectory of water treatment research and thus improving the delivery of safe water and sanitation access amidst the sustainability challenges of our time."

The award highlights projects that will make significant contributions in bridging research and its practical application. The award recipient will receive a grant of $100,000 to further their work, take risks, and explore new directions. Individuals from all segments of the water community are encouraged to submit nominations, either for themselves or others. The deadline to submit nominations is June 3, 2024.

Created in 2001, the Paul L. Busch Award has provided more than $2 million in funding to researchers who are making major breakthroughs in water quality science. More information about the Paul L. Busch Award can be found on WRF’s website. If you have any questions about the Paul L. Busch Award, please contact Lexie Vean, Chief Communications Officer, at or 303.717.2848.