Research Innovation Award

Open to any Australian institution, organisation, individual or company (must be a corporate member), that have made a significant contribution to water research. The outcomes of the research must demonstrably add to the conservation or better use of water resources, knowledge of water technology, sociology, economics or culture aspects.

Nomination form

Judging criteria:

  • Provided significant contribution to water research that improves the use or management of water or furthers knowledge of water in any discipline
  • Demonstrated achievement in water research – eg. Awards, honours, accolades, publications (no more than top 5)
  • Demonstrated commitment to communicating research widely to enhance the water profession’s knowledge of water or to improve the use or management of water
  • Evidence of industry acceptance (uptake), recognition or other factors, which indicate the project exemplifies superior practice or performance




 When completing the
online nomination form you will be asked to answer the following.

  • Executive Summary (350 words)
  • What is the most significant contribution of your research to the water industry? (1000 words)
  • List awards or honours this research has received. (350 words)
  • List up to five publications this research has featured in. 
  • What outcomes were achieved through your research? (Water conservation, use of water technology, sociology outcomes, economic benefits and/or cultural benefits) For the appropriate outcomes please specify. (1000 words)
  • How have the outcomes of your research been communicated to the water sector? (500 words)
  • Has your research been adapted by the industry? If so, provide examples. (1000 words)
  • Please upload:
  • Lead-organisation or individual bio
  • Hi-resolution photos x 3
  • Please provide a short summary of the project to be used at the awards presentation night, should the project be selected as a finalist. (50 words)


Note: A new element has been added to the 2018 National Awards. Winners of the State Award who progress to the National Award will asked to prepare a one-minute video overview of their project for promotional purposes.

2018 Winner – Australian Research Innovation Award 

2018 Winner – Australian Research Innovation Award

Purple Phototrophic Bacteria for Resource Recovery from Wastewater – The University of Queensland and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (QLD)
This project is developing a world-first technology for a next-generation resource recovery process which will replace existing wastewater treatment technology in the not-so-distant future. This technology has the potential to recover vital fertiliser compounds, bioplastics and provide a sustainable animal feed source.