The mission of the Global Prize Innovation in Desalination (GPID) is to advance the research and development of innovative solutions in water desalination at the international level to address the critical global issue of water scarcity.

The Global Prize Innovation in Desalination is committed to enhancing the availability, affordability, and accessibility of water for all humanity. At present, 26% of the world’s population resides in water-stressed regions and faces challenges in accessing safe drinking water. In recent years, there has been a 30% increase in the number and duration of drought crises, with 15% of natural disasters being associated with drought. The GPID seeks to address these pressing issues by recognizing innovative solutions in the field of water desalination and promoting advancements in the research of related technologies and the deployment of innovative business models.

With a total value of $10 million, the prizes specifically focus on environmental aspects of the desalination industry, energy consumption reduction, cost efficiency, innovative technology utilization, business model transformation, and future analytical studies pertaining to innovation.

Applications are invited from Individuals without affiliation / researchers / research groups / start-ups / companies / NGOs / universities  

Grand Prizes

Impact Prizes

TRL 1-3

Discovery Award

  1. Advanced Water Production Technologies
  2. Water Quality Improvement and Reclamation
  3. Circular and Zero Liquid Discharge Water Reduction Processes
  4. Digital Business Model Process Optimization and Automation Management
  5. Sustainable Water Production and Environmental Conservation
  6. Special Category: Wastewater solutions

TRL 4-7

Breakthrough Award

  1. Advanced Water Production Technologies
  2. Water Quality Improvement and Reclamation
  3. Circular and Zero Liquid Discharge Water Reduction Processes
  4. Digital Business Model Process Optimization and Automation Management
  5. Sustainable Water Production and Environmental Conservation
  6. Special Category: Wastewater solutions

TRL 8-9 & Market

Special Mentions

  1. Most Innovative Idea in Water Production (policy/economics)
  2. Venture Capital Deal of the Year in Water Production
  3. Most impactful Lab/Accelerator in water tech

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Mission

To help in building a Sustainable World by driving Innovation; bringing about next- generation Desalination & water treatment; accelerating the advancement of research, technology and social science disciplines related to Water; enabling research institutions, organizations, NGOs, companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs to build a better future.

Vision

To be recognized as the most important global award on the innovation for desalination and water treatment that will generate real lasting impact around the world, especially in regions most affected by the threats to water security; a prestigious independent organization fixed in perpetuity.

What Challenge will you solve today?

Closing date: 31st Aug 2024

Award: Special Mention

Closing date: 31st Aug 2024

Award: Special Mention

Closing date: 31st Aug 2024

Award: $100,000

Closing date: 31st Aug 2024

Award: $100,000

Closing date: 31st Aug 2024

Award: Special Mention

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With approximately 15,670 scientific papers and more than 40 thousand patents published in the field of desalination and water technologies over the last five years, the potential for innovation and technological advancement is vast. The GPID aims to promote and support the diffusion of these innovative solutions and create positive impacts and benefits for all of humanity. By recognizing and supporting groundbreaking achievements in the field of water desalination, the GPID seeks to alleviate water stress and foster sustainability worldwide.

The most promising technologies in water desalination have been awarded with the Global Prize Innovation in Desalination (GPID)

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Founder

The GPID marks a significant milestone in promoting innovation in desalination technology, by celebrating pioneering solutions that advance sustainable water resource management.

The GPID was founded in 2023 by SWCC (Saline Water Conversion Corporation), which has now become SWA (Saudi Water Authority).

SWA’s leadership in establishing this award underscores its commitment to environmental protection and technological advancement, inspiring a wave of ingenuity in the pursuit of water sustainability.

SWA is the world’s largest producer of desalinated water and operates 30 plants with six other mega-projects under construction, supplying water to 34 million people in the world’s fastest growing economy, Saudi Arabia. It produces more than 20 percent of the world’s supply of desalinated water from seawater, about 6.5 million m3 / d, in addition to more than 5 million m3 / d of treated water from dams-tanks-wells. It operates a transmission network of about 14,000 km of pipelines.

SWA is eager to promote the connection between desalination and sustainable development and to invest and collaborate with others in its journey.

FAQs

  • Global Prize for Innovation in Water Desalination (GPID), is an initiative aimed to recognize and reward those making significant contributions to the field of water desalination and inspire others to join us in our mission to find sustainable water solutions

  • Beyond monetary Prizes, GPID awardees gain entry to an accelerator program and access to piloting facilities provided by SWA or other partners, amplifying the impact of their innovations.

  • The GPID will award 2 Grand Prizes and 8 Impact Medals across 8 categories, totalling 10 prizes. Each Grand Prize is valued at $100,000, and each Impact Medal at $50,000.

  • The submission phase extends from February 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024, while the evaluation process runs from July 1, 2024, to September 2024. Both phases are conducted remotely without requiring physical presence. However, attendance is required for the award ceremony scheduled for October 2024, with the option to designate a representative if necessary.

  • Researchers / research groups / start-ups / companies / NGOs / universities

  • Yes. Companies who have raised seed funding could still be awarded with the prize.

  • The review process for application submissions is meticulously structured to ensure comprehensive evaluation across multiple dimensions. An international jury constituted by respected professionals with diverse backgrounds, collectively possessing high technical abilities, business insights, and financial expertise.

  • Yes, applications can be submitted in collaboration with other entities, such as research institutions or companies. This collaborative approach fosters synergies, enhances innovation, and broadens the scope of potential impact.

  • No, the selection process is not affected by prior publication of associated research. Intellectual property and commercial rights remain with the innovator or affiliated entities, with no transfer to the GPID organization, as the initiative does not seek intellectual property rights of the innovation.

  • Participating in the GPID provides exposure and networking opportunities with industry leaders, potentially influencing career paths. Collaboration with fellow award winners fosters knowledge sharing and innovative idea exchange, enhancing transformative impact across the water sector.

  • The pilot program occurs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at SWA-TWIIRA facilities. After the award ceremony, discussions between winners and SWA-TWIIRA, facilitated by The European House-Ambrosetti, determine piloting requirements. Tailored support ensures successful implementation and advancement of winning technologies, aligning with each project’s objectives and potential impact.

  • There are no limitations on applying for the GPID. Applicants can apply individually, with their teams, or under research centers, institutions, or companies. Collaboration with other companies under pre-existing agreements is permissible, with only the requirement to designate a contact person for communication.

  • Recipients have complete flexibility in using the cash prize from GPID, with no restrictions or requirement to provide proof of expenditure.

  • The Award ceremony is open to all applicants with prior registration. Everyone interested can attend and celebrate the achievements of the GPID initiative.

  • No. GPID will handle all logistics to ensure the presence of one representative from each winner technology at the event. All expenses, including travel from the original destination to Jeddah and back, as well as hotel accommodation and transfers since you arrive to Jeddah, will be covered by GPID organization. Additionally, any necessary documentation for visa purposes will be provided, although visa costs are not covered by GPID.

  • No, there is no cost associated with the GPID application.

  • Yes, the concept can integrate other streams with seawater for desalination, such as blending brackish water or wastewater. This integration can enhance desalination efficiency and potentially reduce costs and environmental impacts.