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


Implementation of Innovative Biological Nutrient Removal Processes through Improvement of Control Systems and Online Analytical Measurement Reliability and Accuracy


Project Objectives

  • Evaluate the best technologies, approaches, operations and maintenance (O&M) practices, and requirements for sensors and control systems for intensive biological nutrient removal (BNR) processes with a focus on innovative, but also appropriate, levels of process control complexity.
  • Develop a baseline evaluation of sensors available for implementing intensification of water resource recovery facilities with particular emphasis on the performance, and necessary O&M requirements, as well as annual cost estimates for maintenance including parts and labor per instrument per manufacturer.
  • Identify additional improvements of sensor performance in existing facilities and pave the way for a consistent approach for utilities to reliably operate their BNR processes.
  • Engage with utility subscribers through the Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT).

Advancing Benefits and Co-Benefits Quantification and Monetization for Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An Interactive Guidebook for Comparison Case Studies


Project Objectives

  • Develop a user-friendly interactive guidebook with comparison case studies for utilities and municipalities to advance the quantification and monetization of benefits and co-benefits of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) at the community level.
  • Synthesize comparison case studies that have used a rigorous analysis framework for quantifying the benefits and co-benefits of GSI at a national scale, including those from two existing WRF projects.
  • Advance the practice of benefits and co-benefits quantification by identifying and prioritizing the research needs among GSI benefits and co-benefits categories.

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.

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Additional Information

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

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> View the Proposal Guidelines

Open RFPs - Emerging Opportunities Program

There are currently no RFPs available.

Respond to an RFQ

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Instructions for submitting an RFQ are contained within the individual RFQ file.   Follow the guidance within the RFQ file.


Develop Standard Operating Procedures for the Collection, Storage, and Extraction of Aqueous Samples for IVB screening


The purpose of this RFQ is to identify a research team to assist The Water Research Foundation (WRF) in developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the collection, storage, preservation, extraction, and concentration of aqueous samples for subsequent CEC screening using in vitro bioanalytical tools (IVBs). This project is part of a larger initiative with WRF’s partners (Southern California Coastal Water Research Project “SCCWRP”, and California State Water Resource Control Board “SWB”) to facilitate the implementation of bioanalytical tools among water quality managers. The goal of this project is to offer robust sample processing procedures applicable for various IVBs and water matrices. The specific IVBs will be identified by SCCWRP’s research team prior to the start of this project (see Appendix A). The SOPs will go on to inform an assessment of the feasibility of standardized IVBs for use in water quality monitoring.