News & Events


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.


RSE Enterprise Fellowship

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship is a leading business development and training programme for the Higher Education sector. It enables science and technology researchers to develop into successful and world-class entrepreneurs. Each Fellowship is worth up to £90,000 in funding and training support.

Deadline for application: 17th April 2019

United Utilities Innovation Lab

The 10-week programme provides successful applicants with the opportunity to test their solutions in
a live environment, while gaining access to and building relationships with senior United Utilities executives, with the potential to lead to longer-term commercial partnerships.

Deadline for application: 15th April 2019

Intensive Industrial Innovation Programme

North East England’s universities are joining forces under an extension to the £3.9m scheme which initially commenced in October 2018, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to connect the region’s businesses with research to encourage growth and job creation. Further funding of £3.7m is available to allow 45 SMEs to apply for a position on the programme. PhD students will be commencing their position 1st October 2019.

Scheme open for applications

IBioIC Accelerator Programme

The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) invites applications for industry-led collaborative research projects from businesses with a foothold in Scotland or those who can deliver inward investment to help stimulate Scotland’s Economy.

Deadline for application: 15th April 2019

2020 Year of Coasts & Waters

2020 has been designated Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters, a year that will spotlight, celebrate and promote opportunities to experience and enjoy Scotland’s unrivaled Coasts and Waters.

Deadline for application: 7th June 2019

The Water Hub – LIVE Opportunities: January – March 2019

In February and March 2019, The Water Hub has opened up two opportunities for businesses, creative thinkers, and practitioners to pitch and discuss new technology and products.

Water Plus Innovation Award Opportunity

As the biggest water retailer in the UK, Water Plus work with businesses and organisations of all sizes, and are keen to promote innovation in the industry and help customers save money by using less natural resources in the future.

Deadline for application: 29th March 2019

Upcoming Events

RSE Enterprise Fellowship: Free Application support workshop – 18th March 2019

The RSE Enterprise Fellowship is a premier business development and training programme for the Higher Education sector. It enables science and technology researchers to develop into successful and world-class entrepreneurs! Each Fellowship is worth up to £90,000 in funding and training support.

Water Industry Forum: The Impact of the UN SDGs on the UK water sector – 20th March 2019

In 2015, the United Nations developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ‘to transform our world, to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all’.  Many UK water companies are now mapping their contribution to wider societal goals by aligning their activities and outcomes with these SDGs.

The Water Hub: RIPPLE, Newcastle – 21st March 2019

The Water Hub first network event is for businesses, creative thinkers + practitioners who want to create impact in the water and environment sectors.

HIE: Doing Business in the Arctic – 25th March 2019

A day of debates, workshops and networking to celebrate Scottish-Arctic links and explore new avenues for cooperation and policy-exchange.

TWENTY65 Social Science of Water Network Event, Manchester – 25th March 2019

TWENTY65 are proud to welcome Veronica Strang (University of Durham), anthropologist and author of the seminal interpretive text ‘the Meaning of Water’ (Strang, 2004) to open the conference.

TWENTY65 Annual Conference – 26th-27th March 2019

Join the 3rd annual TWENTY65 ‘Bringing the water sector together’ Conference to hear keynotes from Rachel Fletcher (Ofwat), Philip Graham (NIC), Jo Harrison (United Utilities) and Bob Stear (Severn Trent). The TWENTY65 conference attracts a wide range of delegates from early stage career professionals and researchers, to senior professionals and academics, including CEO’s, directors and managers.

UK Funding for Innovation Event – 2nd April 2019

The Enterprise Europe Network Scotland (EENS), along with the Knowledge Transfer Network and Innovate UK, would like to invite you to learn more about innovation funding opportunities for Scottish businesses.

Water Test Network & James Hutton Institute event, Aberdeen – 24th April 2019

James Hutton Limited is hosting an event to promote participation in the Water Test Network (WTN), an Interreg North West Europe ERDF project, which aims to support and encourage SMEs developing new technologies and solutions for the water industry with vouchers to assist with the cost of testing and validation, allowing a quicker route to market.

Past Events


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