Water Data Challenge: A Funding Opportunity
Have you come up with an idea to better manage scarce water resources? Are you an innovator or entrepreneur finding a solution for the efficient use of scarce water in the short and long-run.
If your answer is “Yes”, then you are qualified for a planning grant or early-stage award up to $250,000.
The Government of Australia and other partners (including the World Bank) are launching the Water Data Challenge. This challenge aims to improve the access to information that is so crucial to ensuring that farmers thrive – especially in lower-income settings – and water resources are managed well.
The breakthroughs are sought in enabling resource-poor farmers to access and make use of affordable, timely water data, resulting in better management of scarce water resources to support resilient, productive farms.
Current estimates show that the world may face a 40% shortfall in water availability by 2030. Managing water resources is, therefore, critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In developing countries, relevant data on water quantity and quality often are non-existent, not well organized, and not affordable. Consequently, farmers cannot make well-informed decisions on daily operations or investments, resulting in sub-optimal harvests and overuse of valuable water. For these reasons, we are seeking new data, approaches and technologies to organize, disclose and distribute water data to farmers.
Water Data Challenge Details
Planning grants of $10,000
Early-stage awards up to $250,000
The Call for Innovations launched on World Water Day, March 22, 2017.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY May 31, 2017.