2024 Unsolicited Program Update



The Water Research Foundation’s 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. This webcast shared everything you need to know to get ready for the 2024 Unsolicited Research Program, which launched on January 18, 2024. In addition, researchers that were awarded grants through the 2022 Unsolicited Research Program gave brief presentations on their ongoing projects.   


  • Introduction: Pinar Balci, WRF Unsolicited Research Program Chair 
  • Unsolicited Research Program Overview and 2024 Launch Update: Jeff Moeller, WRF 
  • 2022 Unsolicited Project Presentations:      
    • Enhanced Aeration and Scum Recovery for Physical Removal of PFAS from Wastewater (5212), Charles Schaefer, CDM Smith, Inc.  

    • Real-Time Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds in RO-Based Potable Reuse (5210), Eric Dickenson, Southern Nevada Water Authority  

    • Give Membranes the Virus Removal Credit They Deserve, Using Rapid In-Field Molecular-Based Methods (5209), Rasha Maal-Bared, Dave     MacNevin, CDM Smith Inc.

    • Understanding the Value Proposition for Thermal Processes to Mitigate PFAS in Biosolids (5211), Patrick McNamara, Black & Veatch

    • Inactivation of Biofilm-bound Opportunistic Pathogens in Premise Plumbing Using UVC LEDs (5213), Karl Linden, University of Colorado – Boulder

    • Direct In Situ Measurement of PFAS Transformation & Leaching from Land-Applied Biosolids (5214), Charles Schaefer, CDM Smith, Inc.

  •  Q&A Session 
  •  Closing Remarks: Pinar Balci