WERF Seeks Project Proposals for Improving Water Infrastructure

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) seeks proposals for research to generate the science and engineering to improve and/or evaluate promising innovative technologies and techniques to reduce the cost and improve the effectiveness of operation, maintenance, management, and replacement of aging and failing wastewater and stormwater conveyance and treatment infrastructure. This round of ongoing research on our nation’s aging infrastructure will be conducted under an EPA cooperative agreement public-private research approach entitled, “Innovation and Research for Water Infrastructure for the 21st Century.”

Approximately $1 million is available to fund as many high-impact projects as possible under this RFP. Collaboration and partnerships with wastewater and/or stormwater utilities are encouraged. For a summary of research projects currently underway, please follow this link. Applicants should consider identified gaps and research questions from EPA’s Research Plan (2007) when proposing research projects.

The request for proposals and complete instructions are available here. Contact Program Director Walter Graf at (571) 384-2102 or wgraf@werf.org for additional information. All proposals are due in WERF’s offices by 4:00 p.m. EDT, March 6, 2012.

Note: Potable water projects will be funded concurrently under a separate notice from The Water Research Foundation (WaterRF) – Not yet announced.