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USA: The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has funded 12 new Research Priority Program projects with a total funding amount of USD 2,125,000. This research allocation will be significantly leveraged with partnership funding and in-kind support. Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for these projects will be released in August 2020. The Research Priority Program is WRF’s largest strategic research program, addressing broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research spanning a three- to five-year period.

WRF subscribers are encouraged to partner on these projects by serving as a test facility, providing water samples, responding to surveys, loaning equipment, or sharing staff expertise. Participating utilities gain firsthand knowledge about cutting-edge research and leverage the expertise of leading researchers and other participants across the water community. Interested organizations must complete the UPIR volunteer application form. The 2020 UPIR application deadline is June 26.

Additionally, subject matter experts can volunteer to serve on Project Advisory Committees (PACs) that will oversee each funded project. The 2020 PAC application deadline is June 8. Interested volunteers should complete the PAC volunteer application form (Please note that you must be logged in to the website to access the UPIR and PAC application pages).

The newly funded projects are as follows:

Linking Nutrient Reductions to Receiving Water Responses (5078)
Funding Amount: USD 150,000

Assessing Water Quality Monitoring Needs, Tools, Gaps, and Opportunities for Potable Water Reuse (5079)
Funding Amount: USD 125,000

Assessment of Vulnerability of Source Waters to Toxic Cyanobacterial Outbreaks (5080)
Funding Amount: USD 150,000

Guidance for Using Pipe Loops to Inform Lead and Copper Corrosion Control Treatment Decisions (5081)
Funding Amount: USD 150,000

Investigation of Alternative Management Strategies to Prevent PFAS From Entering Drinking Water Supplies and Wastewater (5082)
Funding Amount: USD 350,000

Advancing Low-Energy Biological Nitrogen and Phosphorus Removal (5083)
Funding Amount: USD 200,000

Holistic and Innovative Approaches for Flood Mitigation Planning and Modeling Under Extreme Wet Weather Events and Climate Impacts (5084)
Funding Amount: USD 100,000

Impact of a Haloacetic Acid MCL Revision on DBP Exposure and Health Risk Reduction (5085)
Funding Amount: USD 275,000

Case Studies on Management of Cross-Sector Dependencies (5086)
Funding Amount: USD 200,000

Driving Implementation of Innovative and Efficient Biological Nutrient Removal Processes through Improvement of Control Systems and Relevant Online Analytical Measurement Reliability and Accuracy (5087)
Funding Amount: USD 100,000

Defining Exposures of Microplastics/Fibers (MPs) in Treated Waters and Wastewaters: Occurrence, Monitoring, and Management Strategies (5088)
Funding Amount: USD 225,000

Developing a Framework for Quantifying Energy Optimization Reporting
Funding Amount: USD 100,000

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is a leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a non-profit, educational organization that funds, manages, and publishes research on the technology, operation, and management of drinking water, wastewater, reuse, and stormwater systems – all in pursuit of protection of public health and the environment. WRF represents approximately 1,200 subscribers, hosts an online research library of more than 2,300 completed projects valued at USD 700 million, manages an innovation platform (LIFT Link) with a database of more than 140 innovative technologies, and supports the world’s largest body of stormwater best practice data.

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