American-Made Challenges: Water Resource Recovery Prize

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

Through this prize competition, DOE is seeking novel, systems-based solutions from multidisciplinary teams to implement resource recovery at small- to medium-sized water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs).

By presenting cost-effective and innovative facility engineering solutions, WRRFs can progress toward the goal of doubling resource recovery and accelerate the transition from conventional wastewater treatment to a model of resource recovery from municipal wastewater across the United States.

Applications for participation will be evaluated on demonstrated achievement of target recovery levels, with additional credit being given for innovation and replicability. Beyond the cash prize, winners may be recognized by having their plans published on a public-facing website to provide potential wastewater treatment recovery strategies that other wastewater treatment facilities might adopt.

Phase 1 submissions close: April 28, 2020


Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Small- to medium-sized WRRFs (defined by DOE as those facilities treating no more than 50 million gallons per day, based on a calendar year average), technology developers, resource customers (e.g., farmers, electric and gas utilities), academic researchers, regulators, business/financial interests, local governments and non-profit organizations are all welcome and encouraged to compete. However, DOE expects that at least one WRRF will be a part of any successful submission.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

April 28, 2020