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Water Institute funds four interdisciplinary projects in latest Seed Grant competition

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Global water issues are becoming increasingly complex and often require a collaborative approach across a breadth of disciplines. Facilitating collaboration and promoting innovation in interdisciplinary research is part of the Water Institute’s mission. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the Water Institute’s Seed Grant Program.

The program awards a total of $150,000 annually, with competitions generally held during the fall and winter terms. The goal is to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration, facilitate interaction with international authorities, and to encourage the development of research proposals.

The Water Institute has awarded four teams a combined total of $75,680 during its most recent winter 2017 Seed Grants Program application round:

Polymer/graphene nanocomposite membranes to enhance demineralization of waste water

  • Pu Chen (Chemical Engineering)
  • Alireza Zehtab Yazdi (Chemical Engineering), Juewen Liu (Chemistry), Mohtada Sadrzadehz (University of Alberta)

Integrated assessment of agricultural best management practices and phosphorus runoff

International symposium on the development of government, insurance and building code policies to support innovation in flood damage reduction

Stormwater management and nutrients control in extreme events: Mobilization of knowledge on the reduction of nutrient loading from urban non-point sources under climate change

The winners of the fall 2016 term were announced in November.

Project teams must be led by a Water Institute member and demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach, involving a minimum of three departments or two faculties per team.