Open RFPs

Submit a proposal for the Research Priority Program

This program enables us to address broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research, often in a series of projects. We utilize an online proposal submission system to collect incoming proposals for the Research Priority Program.

Early submission of proposals and supporting documents is highly encouraged.

1. Select a Proposal

Review the list of open RFPs, noting their deadline and objectives. Download the RFP to learn more about the requirements of the RFP. Please ensure your organization can comply with the requirements of the RFP and proposal submission process specified in the proposal guidelines before beginning a proposal.


2. Verify Your Credentials

To ensure successful submission, test your credentials by either logging into or using the "Forgot Password" link in our proposal submission system. If you cannot find your email using the "Forgot Password" link, then use the "Request a Login" form. Please know, it can take up-to 48 business hours to provide credentials to new users. A login is required to submit a proposal and your completed proposal must be submitted before the deadline noted in the RFP.

3. Use the Submission System

Using your credentials, login and select the project—using the RFP number—for which you want to submit a proposal. Download and save the compressed Proposal Component Packet and follow the instructions outlined in the Tutorial for Online Proposals. This document provides an overview of the steps necessary to ensure successful submission.

Open RFPs - Research Priority Program


Phase II Demonstration: Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale With Big Data Management


This project is co-funded by The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and Metro Vancouver as part of the Foundation’s Research Priority Program.

The objectives of this project are:

• Consolidate the results of the two Phase I projects (Leveraging Other Industries – Big Data Management (SENG7R16/4836) and Designing Sensor Networks and Locations on an Urban Sewershed Scale (SENG6R16/4835) into a combined demonstration project.

• Conduct demonstration projects at multiple utilities to assess the effectiveness of sensor-based, real-time monitoring/metering and models/decision support systems on sewershed/sub-sewershed scales, including the application of analytics to solve sewershed network management issues.

• As a major funder of this work, Metro Vancouver must be included in any proposal. Please refer to Research approach for additional information.

• Create methodologies and frameworks to assist with the development of sensor-based networks and data management systems that incorporate new and emerging monitoring/metering/analysis technologies which can be used to assess historical data and provide support for real-time decision making.

• Document and summarize lessons learned during this project to assist other utilities in the future.


Guidelines for the Demonstration of Pathogen Log Removal Credits in Wastewater Treatment


UPDATE 4/21: Deadline for this RFP has been revised to June as noted on this page and in the RFP file.

The objective of this project is to develop guidance for crediting water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs) with pathogen log reduction values.


Benefits and Challenges in Pathogen Removal when Blending Advanced Treated Water with Raw Water upstream of a Surface Water Treatment Plant in DPR


UPDATE 4/21: Deadline for this RFP has been revised to June as noted on this page and in the RFP file.

The objectives of this project are:

  • Define the benefits and challenges of conventional drinking water treatment processes following advanced water treatment for direct potable reuse (DPR) and their influence on pathogen removal and public health protection.
  • Provide guidance on how to optimize conventional treatment after blending advanced treated water and raw water supplies.
  • Explore pathogen credit validation approaches for conventional processes (i.e., coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, and media filtration) when advanced treated water is added prior to conventional processes.
  • Better understand the potential benefits and challenges of blending advanced treated water at surface water treatment plants (SWTP) after filtration and prior to disinfection.

Integrating STEU and Other Emerging Water-Energy-Waste Technologies into Distributed/Decentralized Systems


The objectives of this project are to develop a research agenda for integrating sewage thermal energy use (STEU) and other innovative technologies regarding wastewater and their associated solid waste into distributed systems, and to scope out a full-scale research project for distributed/decentralized systems in this subject area.

Respond to an RFQ

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

There are currently no RFPs available.

Submit a proposal for the Emerging Opportunities Program

This program was designed to address emerging and time critical issues. It also supports partnering opportunities and add-ons to current projects. Instructions for submitting a proposal for this program are contained in each request for proposal (RFP).

Criteria for Submitting a Project

The criteria in the document below will be used qualitatively for recommending a project idea for funding to our Executive Committee.

> Download the Criteria for Funding

Criteria for Additional Funding

In addition to the criteria for funding, the following criteria will be used when an ongoing project is recommended for additional funding.

> Download Criteria for Additional Funding

Additional Information

For additional information about how to submit a proposal for an RFP under this program, please view the information below.

> Download the FAQ
> View the Proposal Guidelines

Open RFPs - Emerging Opportunities Program

There are currently no RFPs available.