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Assessing stormwater management options to reduce event-based nutrient loading from urban non-point sources in the Lake Simcoe watershed

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Canadian Water Network’s Canadian Municipal Water Consortium is soliciting proposals to identify and assess opportunities to reduce event-based phosphorus/nutrient loading from urban non-point sources.

Increased frequency and intensity of storms is becoming the norm and is driving the need for more effective water management options. Current stormwater infrastructure is not typically designed to handle the scale of storms that are increasingly prevalent today. The effects of conveying large amounts of stormwater with no treatment and undersized infrastructure have led to negative impacts on receiving waters, including loading of chemical contaminants, pathogens and excess nutrients.

Municipalities will benefit from a better understanding of nutrient loading that results from extreme storms as well as what options are available to reduce overall loadings. This information will help guide strategic investments by providing a better framework for the prioritization of best management practices (BMPs).

This call is seeking proposals for an academically-led project of up to 14 months in duration with a maximum budget of $175,000 to assess the relative contributions of nutrients from urban non-point sources during extreme storms, and examine opportunities to reduce nutrient loading to the Lake Simcoe watershed through the identification and recommendation of effective BMPs.


Any researcher who is eligible to receive tri-council (NSERC, CIHR or SSHRC) funding may apply to this Call for Proposals.

Funding Amount:

The project team may request up to a maximum of $175,000. This research call will be jointly funded by CWN and a third party granting body. The third party funding is currently pending approval, which is anticipated for early April, 2016. As such, the contract award for this project will be contingent upon CWN’s successful receipt of third party funding.

Budgets that demonstrate additional cash or in-kind contributions from partners will be given priority consideration by reviewers.

Important Dates:



Call for proposals posted February 24, 2015
Proposal submission deadline    April 15, 2016
Funding decision notification Mid May, 2016
Project duration Up to 14 months, 
ending no later than March 15, 2017


Important Documents:

Call for Proposals

CWN-LSN-1 Proposal

CWN-LSN-2 Budget Investigators HQP Partners

CWN-LSN-3 Applicant Signature

CWN-LSN-4 Investigator Signature

CWN-LSN-5 Environmental Impact Statement

CWN-LSN-6 Conflict of Interest

CWN-LSN-7 Intellectual Property

LSN 2016 Award Agreement (to be posted)

Please send all submissions to:

Cailin Hillier
Municipal Consortium Program Coordinator 

Inquiries and assistance

Please note that you will be prompted to save files to your computer that are not a pdf. These forms are locked and may not be compatible with some versions of Microsoft Word or other word processing programs. If you experience difficulties with these forms, please contact Cailin Hillier at or 519-888-4567 ext. 32106 to receive the forms in a compatible format.