Research Innovation Award

Open to any Australian institution, organisation, individual or company (must be a 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 introduction of the nominee, to be used at the awards presentation night, should they be selected as a finalist. (50 words)


2016 Winner – Australian Research Innovation Award 

Advanced Condition Assessment and Pipe Failure Prediction Project, Sydney Water, New South Wales
The $13.4 million project was an international collaboration including nine Australian water utilities, two international partners and three university research partners. The outcomes of the research resulted in an increased understanding of failure mechanisms in large diameter, cast iron, cement lined and water pipelines. Utilities have used these findings to better target which critical pipes need replacement, leading to a significant decrease in expenditure on critical water main renewals and overall life cycle costs.