MILWAUKEE — A National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will allow the Water Equipment & Policy I-UCRC Research Center (WEP) to continue operations and water research through 2020, according to a press release.

The award is WEP’s second five-year operations grant, noted the release. WEP exceeded goals during its first five years, including membership growth, technology for members and the number of students hired by members.

A member’s total five-year dues of $250,000 were leveraged to $5.73 million in researchl, stated the release. Members saved $3.51 million in research and development.

New members included Autotelic Inc., the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Rexnord Water Management and Veolia Water, reported the release.

WEP directors and members will decide which proposals to fund in 2016 during the October meeting, shared the release. Proposals include “System for biomethane production from bioplastics,” “Ultrasensitive detection of phosphate with graphene-based platform” and “Low-cost disposable cation exchange membrane electrode for pH and heavy metal detection.”

WEP’s guiding principles are: Pursue collaboration, research for game changers, immerse in members’ businesses, remain student-focused and manage through frequent personal contact, noted the release.