Directed Calls

Developing a decision support system for estimating the water use and water use efficiency of irrigated crops in the Inkomati – Usuthu Water Management Area (WMA)

KSA : Water Utilisation in Agriculture.
Thrust : 1 Water Utilisation for Food and Fibre Production
Programme : 1 Water – efficient production methods in relation to soil, crops and technology in rain – fed and irrigation agriculture.
Title : Developing a decision support system for estimating the water use and water use efficiency of irrigated crops in the Inkomati – Usuthu Water Management Area (WMA)
ToR ID
Contact Person: Prof Sylvester Mpandeli sylvesterm@wrc.org.za
Closing Date : 30 June 2020

To determine the water use, yield and quality of selected crops such as Banana; Mango, Litchis, Sugarcane, and Citrus from planting to full bearing in selected climatic zones and specific soils in the WMA.

Valuation of Research, Development and Innovation by WRC’s stakeholders
KSA : KSA8
Thrust : Strategic Planning
Programme : Research and Development
Title : Valuation of Research, Development and Innovation by WRC’s stakeholders
ToR ID
Contact Person: Dr. Stanley Liphadzi stanleyl@wrc.org.za
Time Frame: July 2020 – July 2021

The WRC is a member of the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC). The GWRC members discuss,
engage, and initiate projects that advance Research, Development and Innovation in water and
sanitation which address common challenges or interests. In the previous meetings of the GWRC,
members agreed to initiate several research projects. The project about “Valuation of water research
and Innovation” is one the projects that the WRC expressed interest to participate in. Our participation
as the WRC requires us to initiate a case study focusing on South Africa (involving our key stakeholders).

Ecosystem responses to the large scale use of SARS-CoV-2 disinfectants
KSA : Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust : 4 Environmental change
Programme : 4 Ecosystems risks and disaster management
Title : Ecosystem responses to the large scale use of SARS-CoV-2 disinfectants
ToR ID
Contact Person: Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za
Time Frame: 36 Months

The aim of the study will be to generate knowledge critical to understand ecosystems responses and the risks of introducing disinfectant and anti-viral chemicals in large amounts (as is the current case with the current COVID-19 interventions) in aquatic ecosystems and biota, such as rivers, estuaries, springs, dams and wetlands

Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19

Expression of interest (EOI) for consideration for appointment for the provision of laboratory services for the analysis of sars-cov-2 in water and sanitation samples

Branch : Research and Development
Impact Area: Water quality and health
Programme 3: Institutional and management issues
Title : Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19 spread in communities using a water and sanitation-based approach

ToR ID : 1009803
Contact Email Address covid19@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 01 June 2020

The current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation

(WHO). COVID-19 is caused by the novel zoonotic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that was isolated in Wuhan, China

in January 2020. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the family of Coronavirus whose members include SARS-CoV and

MERS-CoV viruses that are responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle

East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

Cyber governance in the water sector - final March 2020
KSA : Water Use and Waste Management
Thrust 1: Water services – institutional and management issues
Programme 3: Institutional and management issues
Title : Cyber governance in the water sector - final March 2020
ToR ID : 1009801
Contact Person: Dr. Nonhlanhla Kalebaila nonhlanhlak@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 31 May 2020

Increasing population coupled to the envisaged economic growth and development mean that the delivery of basic services will become indispensable and more challenging. As a result, governments and constituent entities are embracing digitalization to support the provision of basic services to all citizens and simultaneously improving operational efficiencies and reducing the costs to offer such services. These developments are highly relevant to the water and sanitation sector, in particular, for the South African environment characterised by scarce water resources and increasing demand for water for sustainable development, against deteriorating water quality, water losses and other operational inefficiencies negatively affecting water services delivery.

Implementation of effect-based methods for water quality assessment
KSA : Water Use and Waste Management
Thrust : 2
Programme : 3
Title : Implementation of effect-based methods for water quality assessment
ToR ID : 1009798
Contact Person: Dr. Nonhlanhla Kalebaila nonhlahlak@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 16 April 2020

Research done to date has shown the co-presence of a variety of chemicals of concern; including agricultural chemicals, industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, as well as their transformation products, in our water systems. Exposure to these individual chemicals, through ingestion, inhalation, or dermal absorption, poses a risk to ecosystems and human health. However, it is being increasingly recognised that targeted chemical monitoring and risk assessment methods cannot account for all the risks associated to exposure to emerging (unknown and unregulated) chemicals of concern, transformation products as well as chemical mixtures. Understanding risks associated with exposure to emerging contaminants in water requires a paradigm shift from the current approaches that reflect only a fraction of the overall chemical risk to those that allow for a more holistic assessment. Globally, there is a growing interest in the application of effect-based methods (EBMs) for toxicity-pathway-based water quality monitoring and risk assessment. EBMs involves the use of specific toxicological endpoints, such as carcinogenesis, adverse effects on reproduction and development, effects on xenobiotic metabolism, modulation of hormone systems, DNA reactivity, and adaptive stress responses, for water quality assessment and risk management. To date, a battery of ecotoxicological assays, including in vitro cell-based assays and in vivo whole-organism bioassays, have been developed and tested for water quality monitoring and for evaluating the performance of water treatment processes. Thus, this project is aimed at developing an all-inclusive toolbox, comprising of a suite of bioassays each targeting different biological pathways and providing guidance on their selection, interpretation and application for water quality assessment.

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE REVIEW OF POLICIES, REGULATIONS, STANDARDS AND BYLAWS LOW FLUSH / WATER EFFICIENT TOILETS
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Desktop review of policies, regulations, standards and bylaws low flush / water efficient toilets
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr. Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Ms. Charmaine Twana charmainet@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 31 March 2020

The recent drought in Cape Town served as a warning to not only south Africa but to other nations on the need to have a proactive and sustainable water resource management strategy. The Cape Town drought embodied the country’s vulnerability to climate change and dwindling water resources. This problem is however not unique to the Western Cape as drought conditions have been reported across the country in provinces such as the Eastern Cape, Free State and Limpopo. The impact of the drought, climate change and dwindling water resources in the country is further exacerbated by the excessive and unsustainable use by end-users, leaks and poor resource management. South Africa consumes up to 250 litres per capita per day compared to a world average of 180 litres per capita per day (Heeden & Cilliers, 2014). A move towards water sensitive cities and settlements is an imperative and water conservancy technology is therefore an important tool in the water demand management toolbox to minimize adverse impact on the economy and well-being of society. It has further advantage of delaying capital expenditure for larger supply systems required to meet demands due to high rate pf urban migration.

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE SCANNING, TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT OF A QUALITY ASSURANCE PROTOCOL FOR LOW FLUSH TOILET PEDSTAL
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Scanning, testing and development of a quality assurance protocol for low flush toilet pedstal
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr. Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Ms. Charmaine Twana charmainet@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 31 March 2020

• Scanning, identifying and compiling a compendium of commercially available and developmental stage low flush toilets available in South Africa
• Sub-categorization of available low flush toilet technologies such as water based, vacuum, low suction types etc.
• Development of general requirements, technical requirements, specifications, performance testing and other protocols that can form the basis for the standardization of low flush toilet technologies
• Application of the developed requirements, specification and testing protocol listed above on commercially and developmental available low flush toilets
• Determining the impact of low flush on water consumption at the household and municipal level
• Determine the impact of low flush toilet on piping and plumbing within the boundaries of the household and on the municipal reticulation system
• Provide, through a case study on a chosen area, the impact of low flush on household water use, sewage volumes and the downstream wastewater treatment plant

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS FACILITATION AND DEVELOPMENT
KSA : Business Development and Innovation
Thrust 3: Business Development
Programme 13: SASTEP
Title : Business model canvas facilitation and development
ToR ID :
Contact Person: Mr. Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za
Ms. Charmaine Twana charmainet@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 17 April 2020

The South African Sanitation Technology Enterprise Programme (SASTEP) is a national coordination programme implemented by the Water Research Commission and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). SASTEP aims to create a new sanitation industry through the development, demonstration and commercialisation of innovative sanitation technologies. The programme activities are aligned to the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board commercial partners capable to provide industrial support base for the local and regional markets and disrupt where appropriate the current paradigm of water conveyance based infrastructure leading to a more water secure future. The programme is aligned to the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) strategy to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board capable commercial partners to provide an industrial support base for the local and regional markets. The intent of the programme is to support and accelerate the application and uptake of the new sanitation technologies through demonstration, testing and science-based improvements towards localisation and industrialisation.

Earth Observation technologies and applied remote sensing for water resource management
KSA : Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust 6: Water Resources innovation and Technologies
Programme : Remote Sensing and Telemetry
Title : Earth Observation technologies and applied remote sensing for water resource management
ToR ID : 1009794
Contact Person: Dr. Briliant Petja brilliantp@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 13 March 2020

To conduct an assessment of available earth observation (EO) technologies and
recommend their operational application in water resource management
Application of new Earth Observation (EO) methods is essential to providing time-cost effective ways of
assessing and monitoring water resource management processes. Remote sensing,
using current or anticipated space-borne sensors is widely viewed as a time- and cost-efficient way to proceed with
inventorying of aquatic vegetation, water bodies, water quality and hydrological processes.
Remote Sensing helps in better assessment and management of water resources,
due to the synoptic coverage and possibilities of revisit from the EO constellation of satellites

Citizen science weather stations monitoring network for early warning and resilience
KSA : Water Resources and Ecosystems
Thrust 6: Water Resources innovation and Technologies
Programme P4: Models and early warning systems
Title : Citizen science weather stations monitoring network for early warning and resilience
Contact Person: Mr. Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 29 February 2020

Citizen science weather stations monitoring network for early warning and resilience
chitosan-based adsorbents nanotechnology
To develop a monitoring network as a citizen scientists tool for early detection of disasters related to changing
weather and climate in order mitigate their impacts on livelihood

Title : Review of the 2020 vision for Water and Sanitation education programme
Advert review of the VfWSEP FINAL JAN 2020
KSA number 26

ToR ID  :  1009791

Closing Date  : 14 February 2020

Contact person  : hlengiwec@wrc.org.za

Programme review - The department of water and sanitation 2020 vision for water and sanitation education programme (2020 VfWSEP)

Proposals can be submitted via the WRC Business Management System by clicking [BMS].

Title                                                             Cross-sectoral PhD tracing study

KSA number                                              1&2

ToR ID                                                        1009785

Closing Date                                              27 September 2019

Contact person

  • Scientific queries                            John Dini johnd@wrc.org.za
  • Administrative queries                  Penny Jaca pennyj@wrc.org.za

The training of doctoral students is a long and costly endeavor. The question of the return on investment on such long education and training endeavours is a policy concern from the public funders of education. Doctoral graduates are considered the best qualified for creating, implementing and disseminating new knowledge and innovation, and therefore information about the socioeconomic impact of their training is essential in knowledge-based and complex economies. This study aims to generate some of this information by tracing the mobility, career paths and other attributes of a representative sample of PhD graduates from South African universities across a range of sectors and disciplines.

 

Proposals can be submitted via the WRC Business Management System by clicking [BMS].

Evaluation and Development of a Business Case for the Water Innovations Company
KSA 9

ToR ID : 1009790

Closing Date : 10 January 2019
* Technical queries Valerie Naidoo valerien@wrc.org.za
* Administrative queries Sarah Ravhudzulo sarahr@wrc.org.za

The study is aimed at evaluating and developing a business case for a water innovations company.  This demands a focus on:

  1. The core customers for the Water Innovations Company,
  2. The value proposition
  3. The cost structure, and potential revenue and business models
  4. Key strategic partners and their willingness to pay for the services
  5. Skills and capability requirements within the recommended operating environment
  6. The governance model of the company
  7. The enabling and/or disabling legislative environment to enable the company to be fully operative
  8. The competitive environment
  9. A roadmap for implementation

Proposals can be submitted via the WRC Business Management System by clicking [BMS].

Market Research Study
KSA 9
Thrust : 3 Business Development
Programme : 13 SASTEP
Title : Market Research Study: Determining the opportunity and feasibility of innovative sanitation market (sanitation economy) in South Africa.
Contact Person: Ms Charmaine Twala charmainet@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

Closing Date: 12:00pm, 30 August 2019

The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) entered into a partnership agreement with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and The South African Water Research Commission (WRC) to pilot, demonstrate and commercialise innovative sanitation technologies, including the “Reinvent the toilet” technologies developed through the BMGF, within the framework of South African Sanitation Technology Demonstration Programme (SASTEP). The WRC provides programme implementation and support services, whilst the DST and the BMGF provide investment to support the implementation of the programme. SASTEP requires a multi- stakeholder approach that involves research councils, universities, municipalities, government departments, funders and commercial partners to ensure that the sanitation innovation value chain is developed in support of the roll out of next generation sanitation technologies. The programme activities are aligned to the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) to address commercialisation, localisation and manufacturing by bringing on board commercial partners capable to provide industrial support base for the local and regional markets and disrupt where appropriate the current paradigm of water conveyance based infrastructure leading to a more water secure future

Terms of Reference for the development of policy and technical awareness materials and guidelines for SANS/ISO 30500 and ISO 24521
KSA 9 Business Development and Innovation
Thrust : 3 Business Development
Programme : 13 SASTEP

Title : Development of policy and technical awareness materials and guidelines for SANS/ISO 30500 and ISO 24521
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

The South African Sanitation Technology Evaluation Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with the Water Research Commission (WRC) providing programme implementation and support services. The programme aims to foster a local sanitation industry (manufacturing and services) that would increase access to proper sanitation, reduce pollution, improve water security, create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities and contribute to the country’s GDP.

SASTEP Field-testing Guideline
KSA 9
Thrust : 3 Business Development
Programme : 13 SASTEP

Closing Date : 16 August 2019
Contact Person: Mr Akin Akinsente akina@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

The South African Sanitation Technology Evaluation Programme (SASTEP) is an initiative funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), with the Water Research Commission (WRC) providing programme implementation and support services. The programme aims to foster a local sanitation industry (manufacturing and services) that would increase access to proper sanitation, reduce pollution, improve water security, create jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities and contribute to the country’s GDP

Understanding bound water content and water binding strength in Faecal Sludge from on-site sanitation technologies and human faeces
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009781
Closing Date : 1 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

The understanding of faecal sludge dewatering and drying behaviour remains a major bottleneck in the cost-efficiency
of current faecal sludge beneficiation technologies.
This project seeks to address two challenges in parallel; i) provide insight to the scientific processes that limit
faecal sludge dewatering and drying processes, with emphasis of water binding in faecal sludges, and ii) to develop
appropriate techniques and methodology to scientifically evaluate water binding in faecal sludges.
It is envisaged that the research will result in following benefits. First, it will provide process optimization for
volume and mass reduction which can reduce the cost of transport and subsequent treatment. Second, sludge that is
processed with a low moisture content and significant organic content can be repurposed into biofuel. And lastly,
the research will result in the development of standardized methods for faecal sludge characterization.

Guidelines for the Utilisation and Disposal of Faecal Sludge: Requirements for the Collection and Subsequent Disposal or Valorisatiion of Faecal Sludges
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009782
Closing Date : 01 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

To develop Guidelines for Faecal Sludge Collection and subsequent Disposal or Valorisation that regulatory authorities,
managers and practitioners responsible for faecal sludge management can easily understand and incorporate as part of
their service provision operations.

Quantities and Quality of Poop and Pee in School Sanitation Facilities
KSA 3
Thrust : Sustainable Municipal Wastewater and Sanitation
Programme : 5
ToR ID - 1009783
Closing Date : 01 July 2019
Contact Person:
-Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za Scientific queries

Rural school sanitation has in the recent years been under the spotlight due to unfortunate incidents of school
learners falling into latrine structures. Research produced by the WRC has shown the challenge to be linked to
deficiencies in sanitation infrastructure management, limited technical options for rural schools which are largely
confined to dry, latrine toilets, and user behavior challenges. In response to challenges experienced with school
latrine toilets, President Cyril Ramaphosa requested an audit of school sanitation infrastructure.
The audit revealed that there are 3 898 schools that require appropriate sanitation interventions.
To address this challenge, President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the “Sanitation Appropriate for Education” (SAFE) initiative
that aims to replace latrine structures with new models that take into account the joint water-energy constraints.
New engineering approaches would need to be guided by data that define the operational limitations for rural school sanitation.
The WRC has identified a knowledge gap in this regard and this project aims to provide a combination of observational
data coupled with empirical research to understand the relationships that can inform the development of new school
sanitation options.

Closing Date : 15 June

Contact : Dr Sudhir Pillay sudhirp@wrc.org.za

To examine and provide insight to the policy and regulatory factors and barriers for water sector RDI uptake in South Africa

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KSA 03
ToR ID - 1009778
Closing Date : 29 June 2019
Contact Person:-
Email Subject Title: Revision of the 1996 South African Water Quality Guidelines: Volume 3 - Industrial Water Use

Email Queries
Scientific : johnz@wrc.org.za
Administration: benniem@wrc.org.za

To revise the 1996 South African Water Quality Guidelines: Volume 3 – Industrial Water Use and
develop a software-based decision support system able to provide both site-specific and generic
risk-based South African water quality guidelines for industrial water use.

KSA 1-2
ToR ID - 1009779

Closing Date : 29 June 2019
Contact Person:
- Mr Bonani Madikizela bonanim@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Ms Penny Jaca pennyj@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

To review and develop an electronic based decision support system (software) able to provide
both site-specific and generic risk-based water quality guidelines for South African aquatic
ecosystems

WEF Nexus Project

KEY STRATEGIC AREA (KSA) 4: Water Utilisation in Agriculture

THRUST 3: Water utilisation for poverty reduction and wealth creation in agriculture

PROGRAMME 1: Sustainable water – based agricultural activities in rural areas communities

ToR ID : 1009762

Closing Date : 15 May 2019

Market Analysis: Determining the extent and potential of a Water-Smart Agriculture market in South Africa

KSA 9
ToR ID - 1009761

Closing Date : 15 May 2019 Extended from the previous call on FMS
Contact Person:
- Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze chantalrk@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Ms Sandra Fritz sandraf@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

The Agricultural sector in South Africa contributes approximately 3% to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and plays a significant role for employment and job creation. The sector is dependent on approximately 63% of the countries water allocation. Variable rainfall patterns not only affects dam and surface water but also groundwater recharge. Rising temperatures, climate change and droughts have serious long-term consequences for South Africa’s food security. When coupled with the growing impacts on the quality of our water sources due to e.g. pollution from agricultural run-off, South Africa requires a focused approach to shifting the sector to more sustainable practices.
In a water stressed South Africa, conventional agricultural practices such as irrigation, mitigation of production losses and yield improvement continue to exacerbate detrimental environmental effects and water constraints in South Africa. Studies have shown that there is an increasing interest in agricultural innovation by investors in response to the state of water in South Africa. Reducing pollution and soil degradation, improved information systems, models and rolling out of water efficiency technologies for irrigation are emerging as key opportunities for sustainable farming. As much as fruit and wine farmers are embedding sustainable and water efficient practices and technologies into their operations, the potential size and focus of a Water Smart Agriculture (WSA) market in South Africa requires crucial consideration.

Market Analysis: Determining the extent and potential of a water to energy market in South Africa (waste and small/micro hydro)

KSA 9
Thrust 3 - Business Development
Programme 2 - Impact Expansion
ToR ID - 1009760

Closing Date : 15 May 2019 Extended from the previous call on FMS
Contact Person:
- Dr Chantal Ramcharan-Kotze chantalrk@wrc.org.za Scientific queries
- Mr Bennie Mokgonyana benniem@wrc.org.za Administrative queries

Global reports approximate the waste to energy market value at USD 28.43 billion in 2017 towards an expected USD 42.74 billion by 2025. The Waste Water Treatment to Energy (WWTtE) market saw capital and operational investments of USD 531 million in 2017. When considering that wastewater is a carrier of over 50% of waste resources that is either lost or unrecovered as materials, energy and water, why is this circular opportunity not being taken up? The City of Cape Town working with New Horizon Energy saw a R400 million waste-to-energy investment project, that was upfront deemed viable, put on hold. What are the blockages and pathways to market being missed by current research?

 

The status of wastewater as an untapped resource in South Africa
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My role in mitigating the impacts of drought: Lessons from the Western Cape through a video for all stakeholders
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The Implementation of the Integrated Algal Pond System at Barberton in Mbombela Municipality
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Water YECP Advert_September 2019 Final
Water YECP EOI Template_Round 2_September 2019

Closing Date: 18 October 2019

Title : Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (A partnership between the Department of Science and Innovation and the Water Research Commission)
Contact Person: Mrs Sarah Ravhudzulo sarahr@wrc.org.za

The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitable candidates in response to the annual WADER Young Engineers “Changemakers” Programme (YECP) Open Call which focuses on selecting young South African Engineers to be part of a 1-year training programme that will enable them to gain the necessary skills to drive municipalities of the future.

International Calls

The WRC is a partner in the Afrilliance network project comprised of African and European partners with the aim of  preparing Africa for climate change challenges. Afrilliance is delighted to announce its second  Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Social innovation in water and climate change in Africa” which will  be held from 2 June to 2020 and 12 July 2020.  The WRC will be leading the a MOOC module on “Social Innovation in Water Monitoring” from 15 to 19 June 2020.

Please register here https://afrialliance.org/events/afrialliance-mooc-social-innovation-water-and-climate-change-africa and learn how social innovation can address water and climate change challenges, the deadline for registration  is 25 May 2020.

The 21st WaterNet/WARFSA/GWP-SA symposium will be held from 28 to 30 October 2020 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe under the theme integrated Water resource management for sustainable development in Eastern and Southern Africa.  The symposium has opened its call for abstracts in the link herein http://www.waternetonline.org/downloads/proceedings and invites you to submit your abstracts.

AquaticPollutants Joint Transnational Call 2020

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemia (pandemic),  the deadline of pre-proposal submission for the AquaticPollutants Call has been postponed. The new deadline for submission of pre-proposals for joint transnational projects is 18th May 2020 17:00 CEST. South African applicants are urged to submit to the WRC by 4 May 2020 for national evaluation before submitting to the Call secretariat

The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are pleased to announce a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in the water resources.

The call will support research and innovation projects that establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk-management combining the research areas of contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. The whole water cycle, from the source through the river basins and eventually to the estuaries and oceans, has to be considered. 26 countries are pooling resources of about 22 M€ to implement the joint transnational call for research and innovation projects.

There are still major risks associated with the occurrence of emerging contaminants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in our water bodies and oceans. To face these challenges in a comprehensive way and to develop multidisciplinary and practical solutions for the provision of safe drinking water and healthy aquatic environments, this Joint Transnational Call (JTC) aims to make the research communities in the freshwater, marine and the health sectors work together and create synergies for joint approaches.

Call themes

The call is divided into 3 themes with several subthemes. Research & innovation proposals are invited to respond to at least one of the following themes:

  1. Measuring – Environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems
  2. Evaluating – Risk assessment and management of CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine) to human health and environment
  3. Taking Actions – Strategies to reduce CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine)

Call Timeline

  •     Call opening: 17 February 2020
  •     Deadline pre-proposals: 18 May 2020 at 17:00 CEST ( Berlin time)
  •     Invitation to submit full proposals: June 2020
  •     Deadline full proposals: 14th August 2020
  •     Funding decision announced: October 2020
  •     Start of projects: December 2020 – March 2021
  •     Project ends: 30 June 2024

 

Support for applicants

Information Webinar for Applicants

12 March 2020, 13 – 14.30, online. Register Now!

Partnering Tool on AquaticPollutants Submission Platform

On the Online Submission Platform [Link], a specific section is provided where you can search for partners or enter your partnering profile.

Guidelines for proposal submission

South African applicants are advised to submit their project outlines to the Water Research Commission (WRC),  before submitting to the AquaticPollutants call secretariat. The project outlines should be aligned to one or more of the WRC strategic objectives to qualify for funding and also highlight the required financial cost for the SA partner to get WRC endorsement. Please submit the project outlines to the WRC AquaticPollutants  National Contact Point (NCP),  Mr Tiyani Chauke @ tiyanic@wrc.org,za not later than 2 weeks (by 4 May 2020) before the call deadline. This is to allow sufficient time for the WRC experts to assess the applications.

 

Please see below links for more Call information:

News Joint Transnational Call 2020 open
AquaticPollutants National Regulations
AquaticPollutants_Call Announcement_final
List _national_contact_points_final

 

EXPRESSION OF INTERST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WRITING -MASTERING THE RESEACRH PROCESS IN WATER RELATED ISSUES TRAINING ON 4 TO 6 SEPTEMBER 2019, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

Contact Person:  Mr Tiyani Chauke tiyanic@wrc.org.za or Dr Mamohloding Tlhagale mamohlodingt@wrc.org.za

The Water Research Commission (WRC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), South Africa have entered into a partnership to jointly implement and facilitate water and sanitation research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in the continent together with other key partners. The activities include, knowledge sharing, capacity building, facilitating research projects, technology transfer and innovation sharing and co-development.

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Open and Special Calls

Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19

Expression of interest (EOI) for consideration for appointment for the provision of laboratory services for the analysis of sars-cov-2 in water and sanitation samples

Branch : Research and Development
Impact Area: Water quality and health
Programme 3: Institutional and management issues
Title : Expression of interest (EOI) call for a national programme for monitoring covid-19 spread in communities using a water and sanitation-based approach

ToR ID : 1009803
Contact Email Address covid19@wrc.org.za

Closing Date : 01 June 2020

The current Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation

(WHO). COVID-19 is caused by the novel zoonotic coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that was isolated in Wuhan, China

in January 2020. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the family of Coronavirus whose members include SARS-CoV and

MERS-CoV viruses that are responsible for outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle

East respiratory syndrome (MERS).

WADER Annual Water Accelerator Call

WRC WADER BMS Portal User Guide
Water Accelerator EOI Template

Contact
Email Subject Title: WADER Water Accelerator Proposal
Administrative queries: sarahr@wrc.org.za
Scientific queries: Dr Manjusha Sunil

Closing Date: 31 July 2019

The Water Technologies Demonstration Programme (WADER) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from
technology developers/vendors in response to the annual WADER Water Accelerator Call focusing on
technologies/solutions that would contribute to key objectives of the National Water Roadmap.
The Department of Science and Technology (DST), in collaboration with the Water Research Commission
(WRC), has established WADER to pull together the applied research and development and commercialisation
stages of the water innovation continuum. Acting as an innovation intermediary, the Programme’s mission is
to facilitate high-level, collaborative technology demonstrators from the public and private sectors to maximise
the potential of the water innovation value chain.