The National Alliance for Innovation (NAWI) is enthusiastic to announce the release of the Pilot Program Request for Information (RFI). The purpose of this RFI is to develop a better understanding of the breath and depth of innovations in the following two areas: 1. small-scale desalination and water reuse technologies and 2. systems that have the potential to achieve pipe parity when treating a given non-traditional water source.
NAWI is holding a workshop on Tuesday February 15th at 8:30 am Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) to assist in the development of partnerships and collaborations. Register for the workshop here. There will also be a pilot-specific group discussion on the NAWI Community website. The application to join the NAWI Alliance is available here. RFI respondents are not required to participate in the workshop and/or engage with the pilot group discussion.
Information from the RFI will be used to develop a potential Pilot Request for Proposals (RFP). The potential RFP may seek proposals to build and operate small-scale (greater than 0.5 gpm) desalination/water reuse treatment systems. These systems should treat a non-traditional and/or impaired water source to standards necessary for an identified beneficial use.
NAWI strongly encourages collaborations between universities, national laboratories, industry, trade organizations, and more. NAWI is interested in submissions that integrate Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) approaches. RFI respondents are encouraged to review the following resources to better understand NAWI’s research priorities:
- NAWI Roadmap Publication Series
- NAWI Research Program
- Introduction to Process Innovation and Intensification (PI&I)
- Introduction to Materials and Manufacturing (M&M)
- NAWI Alliance Orientation and Discussion
- NAWI General Introduction
RFIs are due on March 15th, 2022 at 5:00 pm PDT. Respondents must register with and submit application materials through the NAWI Exchange. Please submit any questions related to the RFI to .