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Protocols for the timely investigation of potential health incidents associated with biosolids land application

(16 September 2005)

The Water Environment Research Foundation has issued a request for proposals for protocols for the timely investigation of potential health incidents associated with biosolids land application. This RFP is intended as a complete research program that will include development of a protocol (phase one), the pilot testing and refinement of the protocol (phase two), and creation of a methodology for its implementation and use by the appropriate agencies (phase three).

The anticipated final product is a protocol that can serve as a tool to respond to reported health-related incidents resulting from application of biosolids and a methodology for implementation of the protocol. The protocol will outline methods for collecting, acting on, and maintaining information and data on reports and investigations of health symptoms, and exposure routes reported by persons in proximity to some municipal wastewater treatment biosolids land application site. The protocol should collect data that can be used to perform epidemiological investigations.

The program provides funds of $150,000 for phase one, which is expected to last between nine months and a year.

WERF encourages the submission of research proposals from all qualified entities, including international organisations and disadvantaged business enterprises. 03-HHE-5PP