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The Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF) has announced that it is funding 10 new studies for $1.5 million in its Unsolicited Research Program.
Through the program, AwwaRF provides financial support to researchers from universities and other research organizations to conduct studies on issues that impact the safety and accessibility of public drinking water. In February 2007, 130 pre-proposals were submitted by different organizations for research projects.
AwwaRF staff and the Unsolicited Proposal Review Committee—a volunteer committee of 14 professionals from the water-supply community—reviewed the pre-proposals and selected 28 to go on to the full proposal stage. On June 6 and 7, the committee selected 10 full proposals for the AwwaRF Board of Trustees to consider for funding. The Board approved the funding recommendations at its meeting on June 23.
The Unsolicited Research Program focuses exclusively on basic, proof-of-concept research that represents first steps towards technology breakthroughs for the drinking water community. The projects that will receive funding from AwwaRF will examine such drinking water issues as the impact of antibiotics in the water supply and the characteristics of polyethylene pipe for distributing water to the public. A list of the projects selected, and the principal investigator and submitting organization for each, appears below:
AwwaRF accepts proposals through its Unsolicited Research Program once per year in a submittal process that begins in February. In 2006, seven unsolicited projects were funded for $1 million.