Advancing Water Technologies Program


Funding for industry-led collaborative projects in the water sector

The deadline for applications to the AWT Program has passed.

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.

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.

Approved AWT Projects

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

Program Materials

AWT Program Guidelines (Last updated: 01 October 2018)
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: 01 October 2018)
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

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