Funding for industry-led collaborative projects in the water sector
Project Duration: Up to 18 months
Intake Form: 1 March, 2017
Full Application: 1 June, 2017
Project Duration: Up to 12 months
Intake Form: 1 September, 2017
Full Application: 15 November, 2017
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.
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.
Timeline for review of Preliminary Intake form is 1 week depending on completeness, eligibility and identification of appropriate academic partner(s).
Timeline for decision (after receipt of Complete Application) is within 4-6 weeks.
Approved AWT Projects
A list of approved AWT projects to date is available here.
Program Materials – Large Projects (over $100k)
AWT Program Guidelines – Addendum for Large Projects (Last updated: 19 May 2017)
Project Intake Form – Large Projects (Last updated: 05 April 2017)
Other Program Resources
Company Contribution Guidelines (Last updated: 24 May 2016)
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)
Manager, Industry Partnerships
Southern Ontario Water Consortium
Manager, Research Partnerships
Southern Ontario Water Consortium