Water Research Foundation’s policies provide expectations for completing professional, credible research within budget and in a timely manner. 



NoCostExtensionPolicy.pdfNo Cost Extension Policy
The Foundation’s No-Cost Extension Policy sets forth requirements and conditions under which Water Research Foundation considers and approves no-cost schedule extensions for ongoing research projects, and limits the cumulative duration of such extensions. Under this policy, the project schedule will not be extended more than nine months beyond the original contracted schedule, regardless of the number of extensions granted. The Foundation will be flexible regarding reasonable and unavoidable delays in projects, and will not penalize researchers for project delays on the part of the Foundation.
QualityManagementPlan.pdfQuality Management Plan (QMP)
The Water Research Foundation Quality Management Plan (QMP) describes the roles and responsibilities of Foundation staff and volunteers in managing and performing their assigned tasks as they relate to quality. The document also describes the processes, procedures, and methods utilized to select research projects, manage project performance, and evaluate the outcome of research activities to ensure that subscribers and users of Water Research Foundation information can have confidence in the information.
TimelinessPolicy.pdfTimeliness Policy
The Foundation’s Timeliness Policy is intended to help ensure that principal investigators (PIs) on ongoing Water Research Foundation projects adhere to the negotiated contract schedule. The policy sets forth eligibility requirements for PIs on ongoing projects, and their organizations, to submit proposals to the Foundation. The policy has recently been revised (Feb. 2013) to clarify the specific project deliverables addressed under the policy. Also, the threshold for organizational eligibility has been changed; if a PI is more than six months late in submitting a relevant project deliverable, the entire organizational unit represented by the PI (e.g., consulting office, university department, utility) is ineligible to submit proposals to the Foundation until the situation is remedied.
WorkshopAttendeePrivacyPolicy.pdfWorkshop Attendee Privacy Policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the privacy of workshop attendee contact information.
ResearcherGuidelines.pdfEvaluation of Proposed Costs and Financial Grant Management Capabilities: Researcher Guidelines and Resources
In addition to reviewing the technical merit of the research proposal, the Foundation risk assesses the accounting and management systems capabilities of the proposing organization to identify potential gaps in compliance with the Project Funding Agreement.  This Researcher Guidelines document describes the Foundation’s budget cost analysis on each project, outlines how the proposing organization is risk assessed for compliance capability and offers education and training resources if the proposing organization needs assistance with compliance matters.
Non-Disclosure Agreements for Security projects
The NDA form, used as part of the secure procedures developed by the Foundation, allows relevant stakeholders to have controlled access to security-related research.
ConfidentialityAndNondisclosureAgreement.pdfConfidentiality And Nondisclosure Agreement
Use this form to request controlled access to security-related research.