If you are a student with a water-focused demonstration project that could be ready for an in-ground pilot demonstration in 2022, then this funding opportunity might help you achieve that goal.
This pilot project fund is only available to students currently enrolled in a Wisconsin post-secondary education program: college undergraduate or graduate programs (public or private). You will need to identify the deployment site and coordinate the installation of your pilot project in Wisconsin for an installation completion date of December 31, 2022.
Funds for materials, supplies, equipment, software and other consumables will be considered for funding. Awards will range between $3,000 and $5,000. Projects will be awarded as determined by the Freshwater Collaborative Pilot Advisory Committee and The Water Council.
Ineligible costs include: funds to offset tuition, other college-related expenses, research projects, lab projects and travel expenses.
Applications for the 2022 Student Pilot project will launch mid-February and will close on Sunday, April 24. The advisory team will review and score the applications to determine the top candidates. The top candidates will be invited to participate in an online interview. Winners will be notified and pilot awards executed in May. All deployments/installations must be completed by December 31, 2022.
Prior to applying, students need to obtain proof of current enrollment through an unofficial transcript in a Wisconsin undergraduate, graduate or two-year academic program. You will also need a letter of recommendation from a professor, colleague, mentor or some other influence in your life. You should also create a brief summary about your project with an itemized budget allocation of how you would spend awarded funding.
Students apply on Water Tech Hub and complete all sections of the application. Only full and complete applications will be considered for review and funding.
Select participants will be invited to an online interview.
The selected students that are awarded funds are expected to complete the in-ground project deployment by December 31, 2022. Additionally, we expect a photo journal of the project process and a report of performance by June 1, 2023, with project outcomes.
Please contact Laura Mullen, member engagement manager at The Water Council.