Pre-proposals for EREF Grants


EREF Grant Pre-Proposal Submissions Due Today by 5 pm EST.

Pre-proposals will be accepted until the close of business (5:00 p.m. eastern time) on December 3. Pre-proposals must be received during this window to be considered.

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 the RFPs below that do not fit within the topic areas noted will not be reviewed.

Pre-proposals must be submitted online.

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, click here.

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

TODAY by 5:00 pm EST.


If you have any questions, please contact

Dr. Stephanie Bolyard at

Learn More About EREF's Grants Program


Invitation to Submit Full Proposals

Upon submission, pre-proposals will be examined by a selection committee and successful pre-proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal for consideration. Full proposals will then be subjected to EREF's review process.