Proposals for up to 19 researchprojects for which $6.4 million in funding is available are being sought by theAwwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF), a nonprofit organization dedicated toadvancing the science of drinking water. Requests for proposals (RFPs) for theprojects will be available on the Foundations Web site by March 15 atwww.awwarf.org.
Collectively the projects represent a widerange of topics related to the
drinking water community. Proposals submittedin response to an RFP will be due in May or July, as specified in each RFP. Allprojects, unless otherwise indicated, must include 25 percent of the totalproject budget as in-kind or cash contribution. In-kind contributions can be inthe form of labor, materials, or
laboratory and other services and may comefrom project participants such as water utilities, consulting firms anduniversities. For each project, an
appointed project advisory committee willevaluate proposals based on responsiveness to the RFP, scientific and technicalmerit, and qualifications of the researchers. Revised guidelines for preparingsolicited proposals will be available on the Web site on or before the March 15RFP release date.
The Awwa Research Foundation is a member-supported,international, nonprofit organization that sponsors research to enable waterutilities, public health agencies, and other professionals to provide safe andaffordable drinking water to consumers. With close to 1,000 subscriber membersin the U.S. and abroad, the Foundation has funded and managed more than 800projects valued at more than $340 million.