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. Instructions For Preparing Proposals

Full proposals must be submitted online using the unique project specific link within each RFP. Follow the guidelines to create each proposal component (e.g. project abstract, project description, budget, etc.) You will assemble your proposal components into two proposal packets. See pages 5 – 13 of the Guidelines to build your proposal packets. A recommended naming convention for your two packets is: YourOrgName_Packet1.pdf and YourOrgName_Packet2.pdf.

See Guidelines and forms 

3. Use the Submission System

Follow the unique project specific link within the RFP and complete the information presented in the online form. Upload your two proposal packets as PDF files, which contain your technical documents and your financial documents. Please ensure you upload the required documents before the deadline. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Note: you will receive a confirmation email after you submit your proposal.  Check your spam folder if it is not received.   Retain that confirmation email as it contains a link back to your proposal.

Open RFPs - Research Priority Program


Demonstration of innovation to improve pathogen removal, validation, and/or monitoring in carbon based advanced treatment (CBAT) for potable reuse


This project aims to improve the monitoring and validation of pathogen removal by carbon-based advanced treatment (CBAT) via demonstration of novel technologies or process controls.


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


Project Objectives:

  • Provide WRF subscribers with current knowledge on design and operation of pilot- and full-scale densified systems.
  • Address research gaps in granule generation, retention, and management to achieve improved biological nutrient removal (BNR) in full-scale applications.

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


Project Objectives:

  • To develop a user friendly document including modeling guidance on holistic wet weather management through adaptive volume and pollutant source control at a community scale, that ensures affordability and equity, and positions communities and utilities to respond optimally to future climate impacts.
  • To demonstrate the use of proactive and adaptive strategies such as integrated planning frameworks in support of holistic approaches to meet regulatory requirements of wet weather challenges through case studies particularly in the face of competing objectives.
  • To advance the modeling practices that allow integration of adaptive volume and pollutant source control strategies across different scales in the watershed and/or sewershed, and additional qualitative and quantitative cost benefit analysis to better manage urban runoff and water quality impacts from wet weather flows.

Respond to an Off-Cycle RFP

An Off-Cycle RFP is posted outside of our normal release of RFPs. Instructions for submitting an off-cycle RFP are contained with the individual RFP file.  Follow the guidance within the RFP.

Off-Cycle RFPs

There are currently no RFPs available.

Respond to an Emerging Opportunities RFP

The Emerging Opportunities (EO) Program enables WRF Staff to sponsor time-critical research on emergent, high-priority subscriber issues. Learn more about the EO Program

Proposal Submission: follow the above directions of the Research Priority Program and the guidance within the RFP itself for submitting your proposal.

Open RFPs – Emerging Opportunities Program


Advancing Adaptive Wet Weather Management Approaches to Meet Emerging Challenges for Extreme Snowstorms and Cold Climate Impacts


Project Objectives:

  • Adapt rainstorm based management approaches for extreme snowstorms and cold climate events resulting in more proactive and coordinated decision making between municipal departments.
  • Develop guidance on the state of the practice for addressing snowstorm and cold climate water quality and quantity issues, infrastructure planning, and community resilience.
  • Communicate with stakeholders on research findings and adaptive approaches for future planning, including recommendations on preliminary project concepts for future research.

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.

Open RFQs

There are currently no RFPs available.