Fostering Water Innovation in Scotland

News & Events


The water sector in Scotland: market size research – turnover, jobs, exports and gross value added. 2019 Report

The report authored by Scottish Enterprise aims to understand the water sector in Scotland – turnover, jobs, exports and gross value added (GVA). It covers current R&D activity, current and historic economic performance, expected future performance, plans for growth and related drivers and barriers.

Introduction to the Water Test Network event

Speakers from theJames Hutton Institute, Hydro Nation Water Innovation Service and Scottish Water Horizons, joined hosts James Hutton Limited at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, in giving presentations and advice on how the project can support new water innovations by providing funding for testing and validation and in turn, a faster route to market.

Pioneering scheme aims to pump £1bn into protecting Scotland’s natural environment

A pioneering bid to unlock £1 billion of investment has been launched in an effort to save Scotland’s world-famous landscape and boost the natural environment. The scheme aims to encourage public bodies, non-profits and private firms to invest in Scotland’s natural assets – such as by planting native woodlands or restoring oyster reefs.

HNWIS2 Launch Event – Innovation: Supporting the Hydro Nation Strategy

HNWIS delivered a successful launch event in Glasgow on 7th February 2019, focusing on the major opportunities and challenges for water innovation in Scotland.


HNWIS: Innovations to be presented at September HNWIS partners meeting

Scottish companies developing innovative solutions for the water sector – our next partner meeting with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Water Horizons , Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Development International will be held September 2019. If you are looking for technical support and would like your project/technology to be presented to the HNWIS partners, please submit an Expression of Interest before the 23rd August.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 23rd August 2019

NCE TechFest Accelerator

The TechFest Accelerator offers a unique platform for small firms to pitch their innovative solutions to the industry. The accelerator is looking for solutions in water leakage – how can water companies direct resources more effectively to achieve leakage reduction targets?

Deadline for applications: 16th August 2019

The Water Hub: Water Dragons and Proof of Concept Competition

‘Water Dragons’ provides a platform for organisations to showcase their products, services or processes with a view to providing innovative solutions to the challenges faced in the water industry. The Proof of Concept competition provides an opportunity for organisations to showcase concepts that are not yet at market.

Deadline for applications: 30th August 2019

Access to National Measurement Laboratories

These two offers may be of interest to water companies who would like to get a discount on a consultancy project from a national laboratory.  To lead a project your organisation must be a UK based business of any size and be prepared to work with one or more Analysis for Innovators (A4I) funding partners.

For project bids between £25-50k over a period of 3 months

For project bids of £50-300k over a period of 3-12 months

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 4th September 2019

EIC: Reducing water use during pipeline testing

Newly laid pipelines are pressure tested to ensure integrity, then swabbed and disinfected to ensure they are clean. An EIC water utility partner is seeking alternative testing and commissioning methods with a smaller water footprint.

Deadline for application: 10th September 2019

Ofwat Emerging Strategy: Innovation Consultation

Ofwat is looking for views on its draft approach to driving transformational innovation. This consultation is focused on what can be done to develop a culture of innovation where everyone is supported to propose and take forward innovative ideas, processes are geared towards innovation, customers are engaged as active participants, and companies collaborate effectively both within and outside of their sector.

Deadline for responses: 20th September 2019

Severn Trent: Open Innovation Challenge

Severn Trent have an Open Innovation call to any companies with innovative solutions to:

  • Reducing leakage;
  • Reducing abstraction;
  • Creating a carbon neutral business;
  • Extracting all value from waste (circular solutions);
  • Reducing service failure; and,
  • AI & Robotics to support service activities.

If you have solutions in any of these area, complete the submission form using the link above.

Upcoming Events

Past Events


The calendar below shows industry events and deadlines for applications to opportunities.