The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) is a multi-pronged initiative undertaken by the Water Environment & Research Foundation (WE&RF) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) to help bring new water technology to the field quickly and efficiently.

Accepted technologies may be highlighted at a 2017 Intensification and Resource Recovery (IR2) Forum sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF). All interested technologies must be accepted into the LIFT Technology Scan program to be eligible.

New technologies that have not previously applied to the LIFT Technology Scan program are asked to complete an application in LIFT Link highlighting key aspects of their technology or process for review by a panel of experts. Previously accepted Technology Scan applicants will be contacted by LIFT and asked to complete a short form highlighting recent developments and stating an interest in presenting, as well as ensure their technology profile on LIFT Link is up-to-date.

Accepted LIFT Technology Scan applicants receive a variety of benefits, such as inclusion in LIFT Link, exposure to appropriate stakeholders, assistance with commercialization, and comments from technical experts and potential customers. Selected technology providers will be invited to present at the IR2 Forum taking place August 10-12, 2017 at Manhattan College in New York City.

The IR2 Forum is an intensive 3-day session focused on innovations in wastewater and water reuse. The Forum will be attended by 150+ leading experts and practitioners from utilities, consulting firms, universities, and other key representatives in the industry.

Technologies or processes of interest to this group must demonstrate a significant advancement over existing operations. This can be reductions in capital costs, O&M costs, volume/footprint, or enhanced recovery of water, energy, or nutrients. Preference will be given to technologies that can show a >30% gain in any or some combination thereof of the aforementioned criteria. Example topic areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel/Emerging Biological Processes
  • Innovations in Process Control
  • Advanced Wastewater Treatment

Submissions for Technology Scans are due no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 if you wish to be considered for the IR2 Forum. There is no cost to apply.

To apply please visit, log in using WE&RF credentials, and then press the ‘Apply’ button at the top. Should you need to create a log-in, please go to and create a user profile (user name/password) direct link.

Click here for more information about the LIFT program. For more information about the LIFT Technology Scan program, please contact Aaron Fisher at [email protected]

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