In August 2020, the water industry launched its UK water innovation strategy. This was collectively developed by all 19 water companies to give a single and comprehensive overview of the sector’s mission to drive transformational change between now and 2050. The seven themes identified by the strategy reflected many of Anglian Water’s current and future challenges and we’re pleased that our Shop Window priorities align with thinking across the sector as well as our own regional challenges.
Part of the overall approach includes a £200 million innovation competition fund to encourage innovation to transform water and wastewater services. Since January 2021 Ofwat have run two innovation competitions (The Water Breakthrough Challenge round 1 (‘Breakthrough 1’) and the Innovation in Water Challenge round 1 (‘IWC1)) as part of the innovation fund. The plan is to run multiple competitions up to 2025.
Further details have been released on the second round of the Water Breakthrough Challenge (‘Breakthrough 2’) which will bring together elements from ‘IWC1’ and ‘Breakthrough 1’ to provide a streamlined process for water companies in England and Wales to access the funding.
The Catalyst stream will make up to £5 million available for proposals seeking funding of between £100,000 – £1 million [Ofwat entries close 08 December 2021].
The Transform stream will make up to £30 million available for projects seeking funding of between £1 million – £10 million [Ofwat entries stage 1 close 16 November 2022].
Anglian Water plan to keep the WIN portal open throughout the following rounds of competitions. We want to encourage supply chain to engage with us for all future rounds.
Anglian Water will be searching for ideas and potential proposals for ALL rounds of competitions up until 2025 and will to continue to work with suppliers to develop proposals for future competitions. Whilst the Ofwat Innovation Fund is a significant opportunity that we are fully engaged with, this is one fund amongst other external funding available that we would like to explore with our supply chain.
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