Advancing Water Technologies Program

Funding 2017-10-03T20:16:36+00:00

Funding for industry-led collaborative projects in the water sector


Project Duration: Up to 12 months
Intake Form: 1 September, 2017
Full Application: 15 November, 2017

AWT is a three-year program ending on 31 December, 2018. All AWT Applications must be approved by 31 December, 2017; project spending must be completed by 31 December, 2018. The following deadlines will apply; however, please note that intake and consideration of applications may be terminated at any time if funding is fully allocated.

Advancing Water Technologies Program

The Advancing Water Technologies (AWT) program is a catalyst for business-led collaborations in the water sector. It was created by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium to help Ontario small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) leverage world-class research facilities and academic expertise to develop and demonstrate water technologies for successful introduction to the market. AWT provides financial contributions to industry-led research and development projects in the water sector that will result in the successful commercialization of globally-competitive and market-ready products and services. AWT will support existing industry-academic partnerships and actively encourage and develop new ones.

About the Program

AWT is administered by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium, on behalf of its 10 member post-secondary institutions. WaterTAP (Water Technology Acceleration Project) is actively involved as a strategic partner.

The AWT program is designed to enhance the Ontario water cluster and continue to build Ontario’s reputation for water excellence around the world.

It will drive new solutions by leveraging Ontario’s advanced R&D expertise and testing facilities to advance commercialization of Ontario water companies’ technologies and services.

Industry-led research and development projects that seek to develop globally competitive technologies, products or services in the water sector will be considered. Applicants seeking to develop a technology and to remove commercialization barriers associated with any aspect of the product’s innovation chain are encouraged to apply.


Industry Partner (For-Profit Collaborator)
An Industry Partner must be a Canadian registered for-profit company operating under the laws of Ontario or Canada, with a minimum of two full-time employees or be in operation for a minimum of two years. The Industry Partner must be located in southern Ontario and must demonstrate that economic benefits (e.g. jobs) will accrue to southern Ontario as a result of the AWT Program contribution to the project. Please note that the AWT Program is intended to support no more than one project per company. The company must demonstrate good financial standing in its application by submitting either audited financial statements for the previous two years or a letter from its financial institution that attests good financial standing.

Academic Partner
To be eligible, academic researchers must hold an academic appointment and be eligible to hold research funds at their respective SOWC member post-secondary institution. Applicants are required to review and follow the AWT Conflict of Interest statement below.

For more information on eligibility, please refer to the AWT Program Guidelines in the Program Materials section below.

Applicant(s) complete Preliminary Intake Form, informed by AWT Program Guidelines. Industry applicant may initiate this stage on its own or with an identified academic collaborator and/or host post-secondary institution. Applicants may initiate this stage with any SOWC partner institution but are encouraged to contact SOWC directly before submission. Intake form is reviewed against AWT eligibility criteria.

Timeline for review of Preliminary Intake form is 1 week depending on completeness, eligibility and identification of appropriate academic partner(s).

Applicants are provided with full Application materials once the Preliminary Intake is assessed and approved. Industry applicant must complete and submit the Application in collaboration with the academic collaborator. Signed authorization from academic collaborator and host post-secondary institution is required. Application is reviewed by the Project Oversight Committee.

Timeline for decision (after receipt of Complete Application) is within 4-6 weeks.

If the application is approved, the project advances to the Award stage. Collaborator Agreement and Sub-Project Agreement with host institution must be executed. User Agreement may also be required for some facilities.
The industry applicant and academic collaborator proceed with completion of the project and all required reporting. Templates for reporting will be provided to the Applicants. Host Institution is responsible for financial tracking and submission of claims to University of Waterloo.
Please review the AWT program guidelines for more information.

Approved AWT Projects

A list of approved AWT projects to date is available here.

Program Materials

AWT Program Guidelines (Last updated: 19 May 2017)
AWT Program Guidelines – Addendum for Large Projects (Last updated: 19 May 2017)

Other Program Resources

Company Contribution Guidelines (Last updated: 3 October 2017)
Travel Expense Policy (Last updated: 05 April 2017)
IP Policy (Last updated: 20 May 2016)
Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form (Last updated: 05 April 2017)

New company inquiries should be directed to:

Rahim Kanji
Manager, Industry Partnerships
Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Questions about the AWT program should be directed to:

Anna Ziolecki
Manager, Research Partnerships
Southern Ontario Water Consortium
519-888-4567 x31799