Open RFPs

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.

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


Assessing the State of Knowledge and Research Needs for Stormwater Harvesting


Project Objective

• Evaluate the state of the knowledge and research needs of stormwater harvesting.

• Better understand the variation of stormwater harvesting at regional and state levels. • Prepare a synthesis document, including recommendations on preliminary project concepts.

• Communicate the results through a broad network via a webcast and national conferences.


UV/Chlorine AOP in Potable Reuse: Assessment of Applicability, Operational Issues, and Potential By-Products


Project Objectives

• Understand the current state of the science of UV/chlorine (UV/Cl2) Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs).

• Provide a framework to enable utilities to determine which AOP is most suitable to their treatment application both in the context of RO-based treatment and in alternative treatment approaches (e.g., ozone/bio-filtration).

• Detail the photochemical mechanisms of oxidation, identification of radical species, and dependency on pH, UV dose, chlorine dose, ammonia concentration, and monochloramine concentration.

• Assess the dynamic and unique operational challenges of operating a UV/Cl2 AOP system including identification of critical control points, challenges with regard to monitoring, and management of the formation of by-products of concern.

• Utilize traditional analytical chemistry to evaluate the existence of or potential for formation of by-products.


Geochemical Considerations for Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) Implementation in Potable Reuse


Project Objectives

• Estimate the influence of geochemical conditions on the fate of regulated and unregulated contaminants during MAR.

• Identify advanced water treatment (AWT) effluent water quality parameters of interest (e.g., ORP, TDS, pH, and alkalinity) for aquifer compatibility, including the impact of disinfection on geochemistry.

• Develop direction for stabilizing AWT effluent to mitigate mobilization of aquifer geochemistry (e.g., arsenic, chromium) prior to recharge.

• Provide guidance to utilities considering MAR that includes potential application point impacts (e.g., shallow vs. deep well), water quality compatibility considerations, and monitoring techniques for risk mitigation.


Standardizing Methods with QA/QC Standards for Investigating the Occurrence and Removal of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria/Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARB/ARGs) in Surface Water, Wastewater, and Recycled Water


Project Objectives

• Develop a consensus for a standardized approach to profile ARB and ARGs that can be used to generate comparable data for use in future research to validate the analytical methods.

• Identify QA/QC components and data quality objectives.


Precursors and Control of Halogenated Acetonitriles


The objectives of this project are to:

• determine the sources and precursors of halogenated acetonitriles (HANs) and their formation and stability in drinking water systems

• assess the effectiveness of organic and inorganic HAN precursors

Submit a proposal for an open solicitation

There are currently no RFPs available.