​​​​​​​​​​APHL is a non-profit membership organization that works to safeguard the public's health by strengthening laboratory systems in the United States and globally. APHL is organized under the laws of the District of Columbia, with its ​headquarters office in Silver Spring, MD. APHL's members include state and local laboratories, state environmental and agricultural laboratories, and other governmental laboratories that conduct public health testing. APHL is recognized as tax exempt in the United States under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Its work on behalf of public health laboratories spans more than 60 years.

APHL, with funding support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to offer funds to one to two (1-2) state, local or territorial APHL member laboratories to initiate or enhance wastewater surveillance projects in the selected applicant's jurisdiction.


Wastewater surveillance is a valuable tool that laboratories can use to detect SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging and unknown pathogens to help inform their jurisdiction's outbreak response. APHL, alongside our CDC partners, recognizes that investment in wastewater surveillance capability and capacity strengthens the national environmental health labo​ratory network and supports their involvement in the National Wastewater Surveillance System. This funding opportunity provides resources to member laboratories to advance wastewater surveillance efforts through direct procurement or sub-awards.


State, local, or territorial laboratories are eligible to submit proposals. Interested parties must submit a proposal to APHL that provides all the information specified in the Proposal Requirements section below. To be considered, complete proposals must be submitted no later than the Proposed Due Date specified in the Anticipated RFP Schedule section below. Applicants will find proposal submission information in the Response Submittal section below.​

Anticipated RFP Schedule

Applications are to be emailed to eh@aphl.org by Wednesday May 5, 2021, 5:00 PM ET. APHL anticipates the following schedule for the entire competitive bidding process:​

Monday, April 5, 2021

RFP Issued to aphl.org/rfp (APHL Procurement Site)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Complete proposals due to eh@aphl.org by 5:00 PM ET

Monday, May 12, 2021

Proposal Review and Follow-Up Completed

Wednesday, May 18, 2021

APHL will notify candidate(s) of selection decision

Wednesday, May 18, 2021

Selected applicant(s) posted to aphl.org/rfp

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Submit proof of purchase and reimbursement request to APHL


APHL will communicate any modification to this schedule on www.aphl.org/rfp, APHL's procurement site.


The Official RFP Document will provide detailed information in regards to this request, please read it on its entirety.

Response Submittal

APHL must receive complete responses by no later than 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, May 5 2021. Applicants must send responses via email to eh@aphl.org with a copy to Erin Morin, Associate Specialist, Environmental Health (erin.morin@aphl.org; 240-485-3830).

Email subject lines must include: 'WWSRFP Submission'.​

APHL will send an email to each applicant acknowledging the receipt of their application. Any applicant who does not receive an email acknowledgement within 48 hours of the Final Response Deadline should email the RFP points of contact above to confirm receipt.


Please direct all questions regarding this RFP or its requirements to Erin Morin, Associate Specialist, Environmental Health (erin.morin@aphl.org; 240-485-3830).​

Questions and Answers

The following is a list of questions APHL has received regarding the “Funding to Develop or Enhance Wastewater Surveillance Capability and Capacity in Environmental Health Laboratories” announcement. It will be updated weekly, as needed. If you have any other questions, please email erin.morin@aphl.org​.​

 ​Is the “Funding to Develop or Enhance Wastewater Surveillance Capability and Capacity in Environmental Health Laboratories” in addition to the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Grant?

 ​Can the deadline for applications be changed?

 Are the funds from this award allowed to be used on equipment?

Do purchases made using these funds have to be used for SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance?

*This project was 100% funded with federal funds from a federal program of $9,700,000. This project (#NU60OE000103) is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit https://www.aphl.org/rfp.