WQRF calls for research grant concept papers



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Up to $100,000 available for field work, treatment implementation

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Research Foundation has issued a request for concept papers (RFCP) under its research grant program.  The grant offers up to $100,000 of WQRF funding toward field work and implementation of treatment devices as part of the research.

The proposed research concept must fit into at least one of the following categories:

  • Emerging Contaminants in Private or Community Water Supplies (excluding PFAS)
  • Point-of-Use/Point-of-Entry devices for Compliance to the Safe Drinking Water Act
  • State-Specific Drinking Water Initiatives (such as California’s SAFER program)
  • Lead Abatement in Schools

The concept with the best likelihood to advance knowledge and the science of high quality, sustainable drinking water will be invited to submit a full proposal. Researchers must be well qualified and have previous experience working with POU/POE drinking water treatment technologies as well as having facilities or partner organizations to accomplish the research.

The applicant may contribute resources in addition to WQRF’s funding. The grant allows for:

  • Field Work: sampling for water quality parameters and contaminant(s) at the point-of-use (e.g., household faucets, school water fountains, etc.)
  • Implementation of POU or POE treatment devices for end users

Submissions are due at noon ET (11 a.m. CT) March 29, 2024.  More information on the RFCP is available on the WQRF website. Questions can be directed to foundation@WQRF.org.

The Water Quality Research Foundation, formerly the Water Quality Research Council (WQRC), 0rganized as a Section 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation under the Internal Revenue Codes, was formed in 1952 to serve as a universally recognized, independent scientific water quality research organization. More information on its research can be found at wqrf.org.

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