Open RFPs

Submit a proposal for the Research Priority Program

This program enables WRF 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 deadlines 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.). 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 containing 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

There are currently no RFPs available.

Respond to an Off-Cycle RFP

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

Off-Cycle RFPs


Preparing the Water Sector to Embrace Technology: Skillsets and Enterprise Management Approaches for the Digital Age



Project Objectives

  • Introduce new skillsets, training opportunities, processes, procedures, or methodologies that would enable the digital transformation of the water sector and its workforce.
  • Develop practical guidance and/or frameworks to help a diverse set of utility sizes (large, medium, and small) with specific business needs navigate the implementation of digital transformation.

Advancing Partial Denitrification Anammox (PdNA) Full-Scale Applications



Project Objectives

This project will continue the work of WRF project 5095 by:

  • Conducting remaining research and finalizing design and operational guidance for partial denitrification anammox (PdNA) full-scale implementation (integrated and polishing processes).
  • Advancing the integration of PdNA with biological phosphorus (P) removal through anoxic uptake of P as the main driver of nitrite production from the proof of principle stage towards full-scale testing.

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 guidance within the RFP itself for submitting your proposal.

Open RFPs – Emerging Opportunities Program

There are currently no RFPs available.

Respond to an Unsolicited Research Program Call for Pre-proposals

The Unsolicited Research Program funds novel, transformative research and innovation projects that can significantly advance the science of water and increase our ability to protect and preserve water in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. Learn more about the Unsolicited Research Program.

Open Call for Pre-proposals – Unsolicited Research Program

The next WRF Unsolicited Research Program Call for Pre-proposals will open in 2024. Stay tuned for more information!