Please Note the Following Changes to the EREF Grant Pre-Proposal Deadlines

Beginning with the December 2018 deadline, EREF grant pre-proposals will be due by:

December 1

May 1

  • Pre-proposals will be accepted starting from 15 calendar days prior to the deadline date and up to the close of business (5:00 p.m. eastern time) on the deadline date. Proposals must be received during this window to be considered. If any of the above dates falls on a weekend, then the deadline will be the Monday following the due date.
  • Pre-proposals are required prior to submitting a full proposal.
  • All pre-proposals must adhere to the criteria noted and be submitted by the established deadlines.
  • Pre-proposals submitted in response to this RFP that do not fit within the topic areas noted will not be reviewed.




Targeted Recycling RFP

The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) Board of Directors has identified a high priority research topic in the area of residential recycling and has issued a request for pre-proposals on the topic to support the long-term needs and strategic direction of the solid waste field.


  • Human Behavior
  • Collection and Program Performance/Effectiveness
  • Definitions, Policies and Regulations
  • Reducing and Managing Contamination
  • Technological Innovation & Processing Optimization
  • Enhancing Material Recyclability
  • Development of End Markets
  • Recycling Value in terms of Economics and Sustainability
  • Life-Cycle Assessment


For more information on this RFP

General RFP

Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:


  • Waste minimization
  • Recycling
  • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products. This includes, but is not limited to, the following technologies:
  • Waste-to-energy
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Composting
  • Other thermal or biological conversion technologies
  • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
  • Landfilling


Additional details regarding pre-proposal formatting and submission requirements can be located at “How to Apply for a Grant.


Pre-proposals for both RFP’s will be due

December 3, 2018 by 5:00 pm EST.


If you have any questions, please contact

Dr. Stephanie Bolyard at [email protected].