Nov 29, 2007

AwwaRF Introduces New Fast-Track Research Program

The Rapid Response Research Program has been approved

The Awwa Research Foundation (AwwaRF) has announced a new program to accelerate research of critical importance to drinking water suppliers—the Rapid Response Research Program.

Approved by the AwwaRF Board of Trustees, the Rapid Response Research Program supports a quicker response to urgent, immediate or unforeseen research needs of the drinking water community. Through this program, smaller fast-track research projects that will determine the magnitude of a selected issue and its impacts on drinking water utilities are funded. These projects will also define the current state of knowledge and identify gaps to direct possible follow-on research efforts.

“The Rapid Response Research Program provides a mechanism to fund research and deliver information on emerging issues in a time-critical way,” said Robert C. Renner, executive director of AwwaRF. “The program emphasizes the delivery of credible information to help water utilities respond to and communicate effectively about pressing, high-profile issues.”

Potential issues for study under the program will be accepted from utilities and others in the water supply community. Issues will be considered and selected as they arise, based on criteria that include time sensitivity, nature of impact, extent of the issue and identifiable research solutions.