WAITRO INNOVATION CHALLENGE 2020

CALL FOR CHALLENGES AND/OR PROJECT IDEAS

TAKE ACTION AND ADDRESS WATER-RELATED CHALLENGES

The WAITRO Innovation Challenge 2020 is an opportunity for researchers and innovators working at member organizations to form project teams and develop and showcase their innovative ideas to solve water-related challenges around the globe. This CALL FOR CHALLENGES AND/OR PROJECT IDEAS is the starting point for collaborative projects between WAITRO members embedded in the WAITRO Innovation Ecosystem (SAIRA - WAITRO Capacity Development Program - WAITRO Innovation Award - WAITRO Global Innovation Summit) to accelerate ideas into game-changing innovation that lead to significant impact.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

WAITRO MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

The WAITRO Innovation Challenge 2020 and this call for challenges and/or project ideas is exclusively for researchers and innovators working at member organizations of WAITRO. This call focuses on the development of technological solutions for water-related challenges around the globe.

HOW IT WORKS / TIMELINE

HOW TO PARTCIPATE SUBMISSION OF CHALLENGES AND/OR PROJECT IDEAS

There are two ways to respond to this call. Researchers and innovators can submit challenges and/or project ideas via email or upload it directly on WAITRO’s innovation platform SAIRA.

IMPORTANT DATES SUBMISSION DEADLINES

Researchers and innovators can submit challenges and/or project ideas by email until January 20,  2020 or directly on SAIRA until January 31, 2020.

CALL FOR TECHNOLOGIES AND PARTNERS FEBRUARY 2020 – MARCH 2020

After challenges and/or project ideas have been uploaded on SAIRA, WAITRO will announce the CALL FOR TECHNOLOGIES AND PARTNERS to identify partners for researchers and innovators that have submitted a challenge and/or project idea.

DEVELOPMENT OF JOINT PROJECT OUTLINES FEBRUARY 2020 – MARCH 2020

Researchers and innovators will team up with other researchers from WAITRO member organizations on SAIRA and jointly develop innovative project proposals to tackle water-related challenges.

APPLICATION FOR THE WAITRO INNOVATION AWARD DEADLINE: 31 MARCH 2020

Project teams can apply for the WAITRO Innovation Award. Please note that using WAITRO’s innovation platform SAIRA for the formation of project teams is a pre-requisite for an application.

EVALUATION AND SHORTLISTING APRIL 2020 – MAY 2020

The WAITRO Executive Board and WAITRO Secretariat will conduct an eligibility check. An Evaluation Committee will select an appropriate number of the pre-finalists.

WAITRO WORKSHOPS (CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT) JUNE 2020 – SEPTEMBER 2020

Pre-finalists will be invited to workshops to develop their project proposal. For some project teams, face-to-face meetings in target countries will be organized (expenses will be covered by WAITRO).

SELECTION OF FINALISTS SEPTEMBER 2020 – OCTOBER 2020

After the workshops and face-to-face meetings, the Evaluation Committee will interview the project teams (online) and select the finalists.

WAITRO GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT 07 – 08 December 2020

Finalists will be invited to pitch their project proposals at the WAITRO Global Innovation Summit 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa (expenses will be covered by WAITRO).

SUBMISSION BY EMAIL

DEADLINE: 20 JANUARY 2020

WAITRO invites researchers and innovators of member organizations to send water-related challenges and/or project ideas to d.reinertz@waitro.org and a.wohlrab@waitro.org. Please use the template.

SUBMISSION ON SAIRA

DEADLINE: 31 JANUARY 2020

Researchers and innovators can submit water-related challenges and/or project ideas directly on SAIRA (WAITRO’s innovation platform). The manual will guide you through the process. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the WAITRO Secretariat.

 

 

 

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. Any document received after the deadline (20 January 2020) will not be considered. 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) by 31 January 2020. 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.

SAIRA - THE OPEN INNOVATION HUB FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

WHAT IS SAIRA?

SAIRA is WAITRO’s innovation platform that aims at connecting researchers and innovators of WAITRO member organizations.

 

WHY WAITRO USES SAIRA FOR THIS CALL FOR CHALLENGES AND/OR PROJECT IDEAS?

Through SAIRA, WAITRO’s new collaborative approach offers every single researcher and employee of WAITRO’s member organizations opportunities to benefit from their membership.

 

HOW DO I UPLOAD MY CHALLENGE OR PROJECT IDEA?

Please consider the manual. If you have still any questions, please contact the WAITRO Secretariat.

 

WHO WILL SEE MY CHALLENGE OR PROJECT IDEA?

Your challenges and/or project ideas will be visible to other researchers and innovators working at WAITRO member organizations only.

 

CAN I UPLOAD NON-WATER-RELATED CHALLLENGE OR PROJECT IDEAS?

SAIRA is not only for the submission of water-related challenges and/or project ideas. WAITRO researchers and innovators can use SAIRA free of charge for challenges and/or project ideas in any research areas.

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. Selected project teams will receive publicity on WAITRO’s website and the opportunity to promote their idea to stakeholders from the scientific and technological research community, the industry, and government and non-governmental organizations at the WAITRO Global Innovation Summit 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.

On the road to South Africa, project teams will get the chance to participate in a series of tailored training opportunities and discuss their ideas during face-to-face meetings. Winners of the awards will be invited to present the evolution of their project after two years at the next WAITRO Global Innovation Summit in 2022.

We encourage all qualified applicants of the WAITRO Innovation award to participate at the Global Innovation Summit, including those who are not shortlisted for a presentation at the conference. They will receive a 50% discount on the participation fee of the WAITRO Global Innovation Summit 2020.

 

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.

WAITRO WORKSHOPS

WHAT TO EXPECT?

A detailed needs assessment will be conducted with each of the applicants (project teams). The specific support received depends on the individual needs of the shortlisted projects teams. WAITRO will organize workshops for project teams to help them turn their project proposals into reality. Furthermore, WAITRO will enable face-to-face meetings in target countries to bring project teams one step closer to the implementation of their proposal.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

WAITRO gives project teams the opportunity to elevate their project proposals to the next level by providing a chance to meet in person and enabling them to receive mentoring from experienced coaches and experts. Project teams can as a result refine their project proposals, verify their feasibility and learn how to pitch their project proposals.

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Only applicants for the WAITRO Innovation Award are eligible to participate in WAITRO workshops & face-to-face meetings. WAITRO Workshops are organized by the WAITRO Secretariat. Travel (economy class) and accommodation costs of participants will be  covered by WAITRO. The event location and time will be announced in May 2020. The workshop language will be English. Each member organization may send up to two project team members to represent the project and meet with team members of the partner organization to further develop their joint proposal.

WAITRO GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT

WHAT IS THE WAITRO GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT?

The WAITRO Global Innovation Summit 2020 is a conference where people from around the world will come together to discuss water-related challenges, share knowledge and best practices, and collaboratively develop innovative solutions, while striving to jointly work to implement these solutions and achieve maximum impact.

The WAITRO Global Innovation Summit offers various opportunities to attract financial resources for the implementation of project proposals. Aside from innovative input from presentations, pitches, speeches, and workshops, attendees can expect discussions, new ideas and many opportunities to get to know other WAITRO members, investors and representatives of the industry.

 

WHEN WILL THE WAITRO GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT 2020 TAKE PLACE?

07 and 08 December 2020

 

WHERE WILL THE WAITRO GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT 2020TAKE PLACE?

CSIR Convention Center in Pretoria, South Africa

 

WHAT TO EXPECT?

On the first day, finalists will pitch their project proposals to the audience. The pitch will comprise of a pitch deck presentation (max. 5 minutes) and a 3-minute Q&A-Session. Onthe second day, two winning innovative project proposals will be awarded 25,000 USD.

 

WILL WAITRO COVER THE COSTS?

Round trip economy flights and hotel accommodation will be provided for finalists based outside Pretoria.  Travel (economy class) and accommodation expenses for finalists (two representatives of project teams) that present their projects at the WAITRO Global Innovation Summit will be covered by WAITRO. Finalists are not required to pay the participation fee.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Gain visibility, make new connections, present your project proposals and win the WAITRO Innovation Award. Receive US$ 25,000 for project related activities!

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The presentation at the WAITRO Innovation Summit has to be given in English.

ANY QUESTIONS?

WAITRO INNOVATION AWARD

ELIGIBILITY AND EVALUATION CRITERIA

WAITRO awards two outstanding projects proposals with UDS 25,000. Get more information on the eligibility, evaluation criteria, the application process and assessment procedures, and the required application documents.