This award recognises projects that challenge current practice and address the need for a sustainable future. These projects add to the conservation or better use of water resources, knowledge of water technology, environment, sociology, economics or culture aspects. This award is open to research and development of all types, including early-stage. This award is open to any Australian corporate member.

Closing date by state:
The 2023-24 season is now closed. Entries for the 2024-25 season will open in June 2024.
Submission Criteria for this award:  
• Project Executive Summary (250 words)
• What is the most significant contribution of your R&D project to achieving a prosperous and sustainable water future? (500 words)
• Provide evidence of research excellence eg. competitive funding awarded, industry acceptance (uptake), honours and prizes (250 words)
• Demonstrate the social, economic, environmental and/or cultural impacts of the project, how has the impact been achieved and by whom (500 words)
• Provide evidence of the broader engagement of R&D outcomes eg. publications (media and journals), presentations or demonstrations (500 words)
Items to accompany your submission:
• Lead-organisation bio
• 3 x images to be used in awards presentation
Optional video overview of the project (note: no score will be allocated to this video)


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  1. Click on the ’Login' above and create a new user account
  2. Complete the form and save
  3. Click on 'Submissions' and add your awards nomination 
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email once your submission has been received. Remember you can come back to update the form later. 
*You can create multiple submissions for this category under the same account. If you have any questions regarding your submissions, please contact events@awa.asn.au.