WRF Funds Seven New Research Projects

May 20, 2021

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 for seven new research projects funded through WRF's Research Priority Program. This strategic research program enables us to address broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research. The project concepts are developed by expert advisory committees and are then prioritized, approved, and funded by our Board-appointed Research Advisory Council. The diverse research projects listed below will benefit all areas of the One Water cycle—drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and recycled water. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for these projects will be posted in early August.

Research Area

Project Title & Number

Research Program Manager

Funding Amount

Waterborne Pathogens

Understanding the Mechanisms of Chlorine and Chloramine Impact on Opportunistic Pathogens in Distribution Systems (5118)

Grace Jang

 

$250,000

Lead & Copper Management

Using Phosphate-Based Corrosion Inhibitors and Sequestrants to Meet Multiple Water Treatment Objectives (5119)

Jonathan Cuppett

$250,000

Cyanobacterial Blooms & Cyanotoxins

Assessment of Molecular Techniques to Detect and Predict Cyanotoxin-Producing Blooms (5120)

Erin Swanson

$100,000

Nutrients Treatment

Development of Innovative Predictive Control Strategies for Nutrient Removal (5121)

Stephanie Fevig

$200,000

Emerging Disinfection Byproducts

Technologies and Approaches to Minimize Brominated and Iodinated DBPs in Distribution Systems (5122)

Katie Spahr

$250,000

Linkages in Receiving Water Quality

Establishing Seasonal Targets for Receiving Waters:  Rethinking Wet Weather versus Dry Weather Expectations (5123)

Lola Olabode

$200,000

PFAS in Water

PFAS One Water Risk Communication Messaging for Water Sector Professionals (5124)

Mary Smith

$100,000

The Research Advisory Council also prioritized the following projects for funding:
 

Research Area

Project Title

Research Program Manager

Funding Amount

Advanced Treatment for Potable Reuse

Demonstration of Innovation to Improve Pathogen Removal, Validation, and/or Monitoring in Carbon-Based Advanced Treatment (CBAT) for Potable Reuse 

Erin Partlan & Katie Spahr

 

$200,000

Nutrients Treatment

Advancement of Densification to Implement and Achieve More Efficient BNR Processes: Granule Generation, Retention, and Management

Stephanie Fevig

$200,000

Stormwater & Flood Management

Holistic Wet Weather Management through Adaptive Volume and Pollutant Source Control at a Community Scale: Finding the Sweet Spot

Harry Zhang

$150,000

Water Infrastructure Resiliency

Enhancing Life Cycle Resilience for Water Infrastructure Systems

Jian Zhang

$200,000

WRF invites organizations with an interest in partnering to co-fund any of the prioritized projects to reach out to John Albert, WRF Chief Research Officer, at jalbert@waterrf.org or 303-734-3413. WRF anticipates posting RFPs for additional prioritized projects later this year. 

We also encourage utilities to participate  in these new research projects through the Utility Participation in Research (UPIR) Process. Utilities can serve as a test facility, provide samples, respond to surveys, loan equipment, or share staff expertise on research projects of interest. The 2021 UPIR application deadline for the currently funded projects is June 25.

Additionally, subject matter experts are urged to volunteer to serve on Project Advisory Committees (PACs) that will oversee each funded project. The 2021 PAC application deadline for the currently funded projects is June 8.

If you have any questions about these projects or the Research Priority Program, please contact John Albert, WRF Chief Research Officer, at jalbert@waterrf.org or 303-734-3413.