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Research Programs

WateReuse has four research programs – Principal Program, Tailored Collaboration Program, Partnership Program and One Water Innovation Program.

Key Parameters for Projects:

  • All projects address issues identified in the Annual Research Agenda.
  • All projects are approved by the Board of Directors.
  • All projects are peer reviewed by a Project Advisory Committee (PAC).

Principal Program

The Principal Program is the core research program of WateReuse. Up to 75% of the annual research budget is allocated to the Principal Program, which includes original scientific research and literature reviews. The Research Advisory Committee is responsible for developing the Annual Research Agenda.

Key Parameters for Projects:

  • Current and future needs of members are given priority in development of projects.
  • Projects are competitively bid through a Request for Proposals.
  • Proposals must comply with the Guidelines for Solicited Proposals.
  • Contractors are required to provide an in-kind match of at least 25% of total project costs.

Tailored Collaboration Program

The Tailored Collaboration Program provides members with the opportunity to develop projects that address the need for applied research of local or regional interest with greater application to the water reuse community. Up to 25% of the annual research budget is allocated to the Member Priority Program. The Tailored Collaboration Committee, which is comprise of members of the Research Advisory Committee, is responsible for recommending projects.

View the 2016 Request for Pre-Proposals!

Key Parameters for Projects in the Tailored Collaboration Program:

  • Projects complement, but do not duplicate, projects that are completed or underway.
  • Projects can address local and regional issues but are broadly applicable to the reuse community.
  • Only members to the WateReuse Research Foundation are eligible to participate in the program.
  • Projects are competitively bid using a two-step process. A call for pre-proposals is issued in January and select teams are invited to submit a full proposal in the Spring.
  • Proposals must comply with the Guidelines for Tailored Collaboration Proposals.
  • Maximum funding available for individual projects is determined on an annual basis (approximately $100,000-$150,000) and communicated in the call for pre-proposals.
  • Members are required to provide a cash match of at least 50% of total project costs. In-kind services, such as analytical, support, consulting services, are encouraged in addition to the cash match.
  • Members may submit more than one pre-proposal, however only one per organization is eligible for funding on an annual basis.

Partnership Program

The Partnership Program develops projects collaboratively with organizations that are not members of WateReuse. Projects can be proposed by WateReuse or other organizations. Up to 5% of the research budget is allocated to Partnership Projects.

Key Parameters:

  • Partners may be federal, state and local government agencies and not-for-profit research organizations.
  • Partners participate in planning, funding, management, implementing and reporting but do not participate as contractors.
  • Projects may be competitively bid through a Request for Proposals.
  • Projects are managed either by WateReuse or partner organization.
  • Partners or contractors are required to provide an in-kind match of at least 50%of total project costs.

One Water Innovation Program

The One Water Innovation Program provides the opportunity for ground-breaking, cutting-edge novel research that furthers the concept that all water is usable and should be treated to safely use it for its designated purpose. A minimum of $1 million is necessary to pursue a project under this program. Broad goals for the program and guidelines for proposals are defined based on the priorities and parameters when funding is announced.

Key Parameters for Projects in the One Water Innovation Program:

  • Projects complement, but do not duplicate, projects that are completed or underway.
  • Members and non-members are eligible to participate in the program.
  • Projects are competitively bid using a two-step process. A call for pre-proposals is issued in June and select teams are invited to submit a full proposal in the Fall.
  • Proposals must comply with the Guidelines for One Water Innovation Proposals.
  • Maximum funding available for individual projects is determined on an annual basis and communicated in the call for pre-proposals.
  • Members are required to provide a cash match of at least 50% of total project costs. In-kind services, such as analytical, support, consulting services, are encouraged in addition to the cash match.

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