Directed Calls

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

AquaticPollutants Joint Transnational Call 2020

About the call:

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: 16th April 2020:
  •     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 3rd of April 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

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.