Request for Proposals: Operational, Monitoring, and Response Data from Unit Processes in Full-Scale Water Treatment, IPR, and DPR (WRRF-14-16)

The WateReuse Foundation

Deadline: March 19, 2015
Value: $200,000 (25% matching requirement; cash/in-kind)

WateReuse Foundation
The WateReuse Research Foundation conducts and promotes applied research on water recycling and desalination. Under the Foundation’s Solicited Research Program, research contractors are selected through a competitive process.

There is current research underway to characterize operational failures and response and to develop operation, maintenance, and response plans. This project is designed to supplement and complement ongoing research by assessing current full-scale operations. The objectives include the following:

  • Assess the failure mechanisms of potential DPR processes that could impact water quality/health risk and the range of times to a failure event associated with specific unit processes
  • Obtain qualitative operational information regarding failure or anomalous events to better understand failures
  • Develop recommendations for improving operational and response procedures and potential regulations

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Call for Proposals – Developing Exposure and Toxicity Data for Priority Trace Organics in Biosolids (TOBI2R15)

Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)

Deadline: April 30, 2015
Value: $250,000 (USD)

WERF funds water research on behalf of its subscribers, and facilitates collaboration among organizations seeking funding partners for high-priority issues. WERF awards a contract through a competitive process and coordinates an independent technical review project through a staff-assigned project manager. All qualified entities – including international organizations and disadvantaged business enterprises – are encouraged to submit research proposals.

The foundation is seeking proposals to develop needed exposure and hazard data (i.e., human health toxicity and ecotoxicity) for three (3) higher priority trace organics: polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBEs), Azithromycin, and Ciprofloxacin. These were identified among many priority chemicals in the 2009 U.S. EPA Targeted National Sewage Sludge Survey (TNSSS) (EPA, 2009). The period of performance is anticipated to be 24 months (2 years) from notice to proceed (NTP) for this initial contract. NTP will be issued to selected proposer after Board approval in May 2015, with an anticipated project start date of July 15, 2015.

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Request for Proposals: Research Plan for Management of Emerging Pathogens in Distributions Systems and Premise Plumbing

Water Research Foundation

Deadline: April 8, 2015
Value: $60,000

The Water Research Foundation is the hub of a broad network of researchers and water utility leaders. This makes it possible for it to keep abreast of the most critical water issues today and address those that may emerge tomorrow. The Foundation has compliant funding and procurement policies and procedures in place to ensure fair processes and scientifically sound science.

Request for Proposals
The objective of this project is to develop a cohesive and actionable research agenda to guide evaluation of risk characterization and risk management tool for emerging pathogens in distribution systems and premise plumbing.

Funds will be used to support pre-workshop materials development, workshop facilitation and management, and post-workshop documentation of results, including a final report.

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Growing Forward 2 – Capacity Building and Implementation Projects

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Deadline: April 23, 2015 (implementation projects; open call for capacity building projects)

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a comprehensive federal-provincial-territorial initiative aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector. GF2 builds on the successes of Growing Forward and the Agricultural Policy Framework.

Capacity building projects include: skills development and training, assessments, planning, etc.
Project implementation projects include: implementation of plans, applied research projects, etc.

GF2 programs are designed to help the industry work towards achieving the following nine outcomes:

  • Use best business and leadership practices
  • Use energy, water and other inputs efficiently
  • Be better able to adapt to climate change
  • Maximize labour productivity
  • Access new and emerging markets
  • Retain and expand existing markets
  • Market products that meet buyer demand through adoption of assurance systems and\or adding value such as agri-products and food for health
  • Respond quickly and effectively to risks
  • Manage key risks

Areas of Focus:

  • Environment and climate change adaptation
  • Animal and plant health
  • Market development
  • Labour productivity enhancements
  • Assurance systems (food safety, traceability, animal welfare)
  • Business and leadership development

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Environmental Technologies Solicitation

Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

Deadline: March 12, 2015. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Value: Not specified. ESTCP funds projects averaging between $300,000 and $500,000 per year.

The Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) is the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) demonstration and validation program for environmental technologies. All proposals must respond to a Topic Area associated with the solicitation. ESTCP projects are formal demonstrations in which innovative technologies are rigorously evaluated. ESTCP demonstrations are conducted at DoD facilities and sites to document improved efficiency, reduced liability, improved environmental outcomes, and cost savings.

Call for Proposals for DoD Organizations (Pre-proposal)

Topic Areas:

  • Environmental Restoration
  • Munitions Response in Underwater Environments
  • Resource Conservation
  • Weapons Systems & Platforms

Call for Proposals for Federal Organizations Outside DoD (Pre-Proposal)

Topic Areas:

  • Management of Contaminated Groundwater
  • Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments

ESTCP Broad Agency Announcement (Pre-proposal)

Topic Areas:

  • Management of Contaminated Groundwater
  • Detection, Classification, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments

For complete details, please visit the ESTCP website:

National Ground Water Research Fund

National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation (NGWREF)

Deadline: Applications are accepted between April 1 and June 30 each year.
Value: Up to $25,000 is available

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation funds leading-edge programming that stimulates new knowledge, information, programs, and products to advance groundwater science and technology. In turn, this will enhance the future effectiveness of the groundwater professions and will maximize groundwater’s benefit to society.

Eligible Disciplines: The NGWREF supports research in all disciplines so long as the research relates directly to the use, protection, management, or remediation of groundwater, or to water well technology.

Research Areas:
For a complete description of these areas, including examples, please visit the NGWREF website

  • Ground water sustainability
  • Public concerns about ground water quality

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In addition to the above funding programs, the following is an ongoing opportunity


MITACS Accelerate Internships – Standard
Mitacs-Accelerate is Canada’s premiere research internship program. It connects companies with over 50 research-based universities through graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who apply their specialized expertise to business research challenges. Interns transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while the companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.

MITACS Accelerate Clusters
Mitacs-Accelerate clusters are an alternative for larger research projects involving multiple Graduate students and/or Post-doctoral Fellows. Applicants may apply once for an Accelerate Cluster involving a minimum of three interns, at least six 4-month internship segments, and a minimum of one industrial partner.

For more information, please contact Anna Ziolecki or visit the MITACS website.