SOLVING WATER-RELATED CHALLENGES AROUND THE GLOBE

WAITRO INNOVATION AWARD 2020

25,000 USD FOR PROJECT TEAMS SOLVING WATER-RELATED CHALLENGES

The WAITRO Innovation Award is designed to accelerate technological innovations that are contributing to the Agenda 2030. It is part of the WAITRO Innovation Ecosystem and will be awarded at the WAITRO 50th Anniversary / General Assembly 2020 in October. WAITRO rewards two innovative proposals of project teams consisting of at least two WAITRO member organizations with 25,000 USD each.

OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the WAITRO Innovation Award is to encourage innovators from WAITRO member organizations to form project teams and jointly develop innovative solutions to solve water-related challenges around the globe.

TARGET AUDIENCE 

This call is open to all innovators working at WAITRO member organizations that are seeking international collaborations and partnerships to solve water-related challenges. Innovators can be researchers, engineers, scientists – anyone working at member organizations with great ideas.

ELIGIBILITY

Project teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Project teams consists of innovators from at least two WAITRO member organizations from two different countries
  • Project teams are focusing on water-related challenges
  • Project teams started their collaboration on WAITRO’s innovation hub SAIRA (to enter for the WAITRO Innovation Award you need to form a project team on SAIRA)

 

Submission deadline for project teams is June 12th 2020.

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CALL FOR CHALLENGES AND/OR PROJECT IDEAS

WHO CAN RESPOND TO THE CALL FOR CHALLENGES AND/OR PROJECT IDEAS?

Only researchers and innovators working at WAITRO member organizations can submit challenges and/or project ideas. Are you not sure if you are a WAITRO member? Please check the list of WAITRO members. If your research and technology organization is not a member yet, learn more about WAITRO membership and how to become a member.

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY CHALLENGE AND/OR PROJECT IDEA?

You can send your challenge and/or project idea in PDF format via email to d.reinertz@waitro.org and a.wohlrab@waitro.org. In case you do not have access to the internet you can also send your documents by fax to +49-2241-142288 or in written form to: Dominik Reinertz, Schloss Birlinghoven, 53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany. Please use the template for your challenge and/or project idea. All questions concerning this call for challenges and/or project ideas shall be addressed to the following e-mail-address: d.reinertz@waitro.org

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you submit your challenge/or project idea by email, the WAITRO Secretariat will help you to upload it on SAIRA.

WAITRO encourages researchers and innovators to submit their challenge and/or project idea directly on SAIRA (www.saira.eco). If you need assistance, please contact d.reinertz@waitro.org or a.wohlrab@waitro.org

 

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAT ONE CHALLENGE AND/OR PROJECT IDEA?

Yes, you can post as many water-related challenges or project ideas as you want. However, we request you not to post any challenges or project ideas unless you actually plan to collaborate on them and intend to implement them.

 

ARE THERE ANY COSTS?

Sending challenges and/or project ideas as well as using WAITRO’s innovation platform SAIRA is free of charge for researchers and innovators working at WAITRO member organizations.

CALL FOR TECHNOLOGIES AND PARTNERS

WHAT IS A CALL FOR CALL FOR TECHNOLOGIES AND PARTNERS?

A call for CALL FOR TECHNOLOGIES AND PARTNERS issued by WAITRO is an opportunity for member organizations to propose solutions or contributions in a specified research area (s). All calls have a specific focus, requirements and deadlines that have to be adhered to prior to submitting an application. The WAITRO INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2020 is a call for water or water-related CHALLENGES AND/OR PROJECT IDEAS and is a starting point for an applying RTO to initiate a collaboration with WAITRO member(s) to jointly work on a specific solution/idea.

 

WHY DO I NEED A PARTNER?

WAITRO facilitates action-oriented science, technology and innovation partnerships among members that contribute to sustainable development. That’s why you need to find a research partner for your challenge and/or project idea. On WAITRO’s innovation platform SAIRA, researchers from around the globe are able to respond to your challenges and/or project ideas.

DEVELOPMENT OF JOINT PROJECT PROPOSALS

HOW TO BUILD PROJECT TEAMS

After the submission of challenges and/or project ideas, researchers from around the world (WAITRO members) will be able respond to submitted challenges and/or ideas. The matchmaking takes places on SAIRA.

 

HOW PROJECT PROPOSALS SHOULD LOOK LIKE

Together with the new partner, researchers develop a joint project proposal. WAITRO fosters applied research and innovation that is conducted to answer practical questions and address water-related challenges that help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Project proposals should focus on an intended outcome that is specific and measurable.

WAITRO INNOVATION AWARD

WHAT TO EXPECT

The WAITRO Innovation Award provides (pre-seed) funding for project related activities. WAITRO acknowledges two outstanding project proposals in the field of innovation and supports their implementation through monetary prizes of US$ 25,000! The WAITRO Innovation Award 2020 will reward project proposals focusing on solving water-related challenges around the globe.

 

BENEFITS 

While we do not expect that 25,000 USD will take a project to completion, this source of seed-funding should enable you to get your project off the ground.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS  

Applications will be reviewed by a judging committee of experts. If you are selected to pitch, you will present your project to the public. Therefore, please ensure that you do not include any information you want to keep confidential, in your presentation.

TEAMING UP ON SAIRA IS A PREREQUISITE FOR YOUR APPLICATION. Learn more about the  GUIDELINES AND TERMS of the WAITRO Innovation Award.

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TERMS AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES

WAITRO INNOVATION AWARD

Get more information on the eligibility, evaluation criteria, the application process and assessment procedures, and the required application documents.

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