The Iowa Water Environment Association (IAWEA) research committee seeks proposals for IAWEA’s 2019 Research Grant Program. Proposers are invited to submit on topics consistent with IAWEA’s mission for education and advancement of water quality in Iowa.
The Research Program seeks to fund innovative research projects that will significantly advance understanding of water quality related to wastewater and storm water treatment/operations, conveyance and biosolids related topics. Topics in original research or that takes existing research to a further level of completion, resulting in scientific understanding and practical solutions to wastewater challenges are encouraged. Funding may be used for new projects or to continue/expand an existing work.
The successful team(s) will present their projects at the IAWEA annual conference in June 2020.
Process and Evaluation Criteria
Selection of research proposals is a competitive process. Proposals are reviewed by IAWEA’s Research Committee and recommended to the IAWEA board for approval. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria and weighting:
  • Iowa-based research project (15%)
  • Technical, scientific, or operational merit. Explain the basis for technical achievability and include relevant research by proposer and/or others to date. Indicate both near-term or long-term applicability in the field. (15%)
  • Originality of concept (10%)
  • Quality and soundness of objectives (10%)
  • Significance of the proposed research and its likelihood to significantly advance relevant knowledge and understanding of the topic and to provide relevant information needed for subsequent use in the field. Research with non-proprietary significance is highly desired. (20%)
  • Relevance to Iowa challenges; including but not limited to the following (20%):
    • Nutrient removal
    • Resource recovery such as biogas to energy, phosphorus recovery, etc.
    • Wet weather challenges
    • Small community challenges
  • Qualifications of proposer(s) including subject-matter knowledge, experience, and demonstrated ability (5%)
  • Adherence to proposal format requirements (5%)
IAWEA expects to award up to a total of $10,000 under the 2019 Research Program. The number of awards made shall be based on the number of proposals received, proposal merit, and funds requested. Grant funds shall not be used for indirect costs associated with proposer organization.
Project Schedule
Submissions are due May 17, 2019. Project awards will be announced in June 2019 after the 2019 IAWEA Annual Conference. Projects shall begin by Fall 2019 and shall be complete by June 1, 2020.
Project Deliverables
At conclusion of project the project team shall submit a short report, submit an abstract for the 2020 IAWEA Annual Conference, and present at the IAWEA annual conference in June 2020.
Instructions for Submission
Proposals must be submitted electronically to IAWEA Research Committee Chair Mike Roth at by 11:00 AM on May 17, 2019.
1. Page Limit: maximum five (5) pages (not including Curriculum vitae(s))
2. Each proposal shall include the following sections:
a. Project Rationale and Significance: Provide importance and relevance of proposed research. Include summary of current state of knowledge of subject and describe potential outcome of proposed research.
b. Project Objectives/Design: Describe the specific objectives that will be addressed, briefly outline project approach, design, and procedures that will be used to achieve the objectives.
c. Proposed Budget: Indicate the total amount requested from IAWEA and describe how the funds will be used for the proposed work. Provide itemized list of major expenses. Indicate if the proposed project will include funding from other sources.
d. Proposer Information: Include names and organization(s) of key individuals involved in the project. Briefly include relevant information, experience, and abilities. Curriculum vitae of team leader shall be included. Curriculum vitae of other team members may be included optionally. Note the leader of the team, providing contact information (phone/email) for the team lead.
Questions and Information
For questions, contact IAWEA Research Committee Chair Mike Roth at
To view the Research Committee’s page on this site, click here.