WERF to fund new water quality research through Unsolicited Research Program

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ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 4, 2012 -- The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) is accepting pre-proposals under its 2012 Unsolicited Research Program. WERF is funding pioneering research that significantly advances our understanding of today's most pressing water quality issues and provides practical solutions to the challenges facing wastewater and stormwater programs. WERF will also consider proposals that take existing research to the next level of completion.

Proposers are invited to submit pre-proposals on topics consistent with WERF's ongoing efforts to advance science and technology addressing water quality issues as they impact water resources, the atmosphere, the land, and quality of life. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, conveyance systems; wastewater treatment; reuse; solids management; condition assessment and infrastructure management; energy efficiency; decentralized collection and treatment systems; risk assessment and communication; watershed management and water quality; and other emerging issues.

Visit WERF's website at www.werf.org/search for a list of ongoing, completed, and planned research, as this will help proposers avoid duplication.

The Unsolicited Research Program supports WERF's mission by funding research projects that can be the catalyst for transforming our understanding of our water resources, our ability to protect and preserve them, and our efforts to minimize impacts on our environment.

"The WERF Unsolicited Research program is really the only avenue that universities and other members of the clean water community have to seek funding for their own applied ideas. While solicited research certainly serves the collective needs of our industry, the creativity allowed by the unsolicited program and the opportunity for innovators to obtain funding for their very good ideas is equally important," states Charles B. Bott, Manager of Research and Development, Hampton Roads Sanitation District.

The call for pre-proposals and complete instructions are available online at www.werf.org/funding. Contact Senior Program Director Amit Pramanik at 571-384-2101 or apramanik@werf.org for additional information. All pre-proposals are due in WERF's offices by 5:00 p.m. EDT, July 12, 2012.

About The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)
The Water Environment Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed in 1989, is America's leading independent scientific research organization dedicated to wastewater and stormwater issues.

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