ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The WateReuse Research Foundation recently announced the availability of $1.45 million to fund seven new research projects under the 2014 Solicited Research Program, according to a press release.

Under the Solicited Program, research contractors are selected through a competitive process and asked to contribute at least 25 percent of the total project cost in cash or services, the release reported.

With in-kind contributions, this research is valued at nearly $2 million, noted the release.

Four of the new projects are funded under the California Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) Initiative, continued the release, and the Foundation will announce additional funding under the DPR program later in the year.

According to the release, the Foundation seeks broad participation in its research: Experts can volunteer to provide peer review through project advisory committees, utilities can offer their facilities or services for use in research projects and requests for proposals (RFPs) for the new projects will be released in the summer and fall.

Read the full release here.