Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award supports research and development of new and innovative technologies that produce, desalinate and purify water, using solar energy to support the global position of the UAE in developing solutions for challenges that are faced by poverty- and disaster-stricken communities worldwide. The Award is comprised of 3 main categories that target pioneering organisations, research centres, individuals, educational institutions, and innovators from all around the world to motivate participants to come up with innovative, solar-powered solutions with the aim of producing clean drinking water:

  • Innovative Projects Award: The project submitted by the applicant must be an innovative and commercialized / ready to be commercialized (e.g. past pilot stage) solution with measurable results in operation for at least 3 months (minimum requirement) prior to the closing date of the application window. The project must clearly demonstrate the use of solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines, along with innovation in production capacity, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation or maintenance requirements, while also improving efficiency and cost effectiveness;
  • Innovative Individual Award: The individual applying to this category should present an innovative technological solution aimed at addressing water scarcity, exclusively using solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines;
  • Innovative Research & Development Award: The project submitted by the applicant must be an innovative and prototyped solution, with the ability to demonstrate workable or measurable pilot or prototype results for at least 3 months (minimum requirement) prior to the closing date of the application window. The project must be developed and executed in-house with the aim of extracting safe drinking water from natural sources in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines purifying the product water from possible anthropologic and natural pollutants, while relying exclusively on solar energy. The project should preferably be a solution that can easily be installed, operated and maintained without the need for specialized manpower and equipment in different and harsh ambient conditions, using low cost and maintenance friendly technology.

2) Eligibility

Eligible applicants are individuals, Governmental, semi-governmental, private and non-governmental organisations.

3) Location

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget

Prize value for small projects is $240,000: 1st Place: $120,000, 2nd Place: $72,000, 3rd Place: $48,000. Prize value for Large projects is $300,000. Prize value for National Institutions Award is $200,000: 1st Place: $100,000, 2nd Place: $60,000, 3rd Place: $40,000.

5) Application

For the 2019 cycle, deadline to submit applications is September 1, 2019.