Water Breakthrough Challenge 4: Catalyst Stream
£150k - £2m
The Catalyst Stream aims to encourage new ways of working that go beyond business-as-usual innovation practices in the water sector, in particular, increasing and improving collaboration and building partnerships from within and outside the water sector.
Individual entries to the Catalyst Stream can bid for funding from £150,000 to £2 million.
Ofwat is looking for ideas that address the big challenges facing the water sector – aligned with Ofwat’s four strategic innovation themes. It aims to fund a wide range of entries that will showcase a diverse mix of innovative ways of working and solutions.
The Fund will consider supporting initiatives that demonstrate and further strengthen these enablers, including but not limited to:
Ofwat is seeking truly innovative entries and encourages water companies to adopt an open risk appetite within their Fund entries, supported by strong risk management with a clear plan to share data and learning, regardless of the outcome.
Entrants will be asked to provide information on their approach to risk in their entry. Entrants will be responsible for:
Partnerships and collaboration
Ofwat particularly encourages entries that involve partnerships and collaboration between water companies, including NAVs, as well as with organisations in the water sector supply chain and beyond.
If you are a water company, including NAVs: you are strongly encouraged to explore opportunities for new partnerships and consortia, including by signalling opportunities for partnerships on your website and social media channels. You can partner with any organisation you wish, domestic or international, including other water companies, supply chain partners, new start-ups, SMEs, academia, local authorities, water companies outside of England and Wales, and water supply and/or sewerage retailers. You may also wish to review the supplier pitch videos hosted on our Water Innovation Directory.
If you are not a water company: Breakthrough 4 is an opportunity to reach out to one or more water companies to explore the possibility of working together. If you are new to the water sector, you may wish to contact Spring, the water sector’s centre of excellence for innovation. In particular, Ofwat recommends you read the water sector’s innovation strategy before contacting water companies to understand their innovation priorities.
All eligible entries will be assessed by assessors against each of the following three assessment criteria categories, weighted equally.
There are four main categories of eligibility criteria for the Catalyst Stream of the Water Breakthrough Challenge, detailed below:
The lead entrant to Breakthrough 4 must be one of the licensed regional water only and water and wastewater companies or new entrant water and wastewater companies (NAVs) in England and Wales.
On entry, you will need to: