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USA: The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has released Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for two projects funded through WRF’s Research Priority Program. This strategic program enables WRF to address broadly relevant subscriber issues, challenges, and opportunities with targeted research that lasts three to five years. The project details are as follows:

Advancing Benefits and Co-Benefits Quantification and Monetization for Green Stormwater Infrastructure: An Interactive Guidebook for Comparison Case Studies (5105)
This project will develop a guidebook with comparison case studies to advance the quantification and monetization of benefits and co-benefits of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) at the community level. The project team will synthesize comparison case studies that have used a rigorous analysis framework for quantifying the benefits and co-benefits of GSI at a national scale, including those from two existing WRF projects. The project will advance the practice of benefits and co-benefits quantification by identifying and prioritizing the research needs among GSI benefits and co-benefits categories. If you have questions about this RFP, contact Harry Zhang, WRF Research Program Manager. Proposals are due February 4, 2021 by 2:00 PM MT.

Implementation of Innovative Biological Nutrient Removal Processes through Improvement of Control Systems and Online Analytical Measurement Reliability and Accuracy (5087)
This project will evaluate the best technologies for sensors and control systems for intensive Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) processes. The research team will evaluate sensors available for implementing intensification of water resource recovery facilities with emphasis on the performance and necessary O&M requirements, as well as annual cost estimates for maintenance including parts and labor per instrument per manufacturer. The research will pave the way for a consistent approach for utilities to reliably operate their BNR processes. If you have questions about this RFP, contact Stephanie Fevig, WRF Research Program Manager. Proposals are due February 25, 2021 by 2:00 PM MT.

Proposals must follow WRF’s Guidelines for Research Priority Program Proposals.

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) is the world’s leading research organization advancing the science of all water to meet the evolving needs of its subscribers and the water sector. WRF is a nonprofit, 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 ensuring water quality and improving water services to the public.

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