Middle East Water Research Call

Monday 13 July 2015

 

The British Council has announced a new programme for researchers in Britain, Israel and the Middle East to work together to tackle water challenges in the region.

With initial funding from the UK’s Department for Business and Innovation and Skills (BIS), the pilot scheme will support research into new and existing technologies to improve individual and communities’ access to water.  

Alan Gemmell, the British Council Israel Director said:

‘The UN estimates that almost 1 billion people do not have access to clean water.  From the world’s biggest economy to its most populous countries, more action is needed to improve access to water.  

Our new fund will bring researchers from different countries and disciplines together – across natural and social sciences as well the UK and the Middle East - to tackle one of our most urgent problems and identify new approaches for some of the world’s most water poor societies. ’

Background

The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has awarded £200,000 to the British Council to develop this pilot research programme.  The project invites joint, trilateral bids from researchers in the UK, Israel and the Middle East to undertake a 10 – 12 month collaborative water research project.  

The British Council will administer the research through its Institutional Links programme.  The programme builds international research collaborations with the UK and funds research that supports social welfare and economic development.

Projects will provide opportunities for world-class researchers in water science, technology and policy from the UK and the Middle East to work together.

 

The Water Research Programme was developed with the UK Science and Innovation Network and the UK Israel Science Council.  http://www.britishcouncil.org.il/en/Science-Council

ENDS

Notes to editors

Alan has published a blog on the call for proposals here

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alan-gemmell/the-global-water-challeng_b_7768180.html

For More Information please contact Tim Sowula tim.sowula@britishcouncil.org or 0207 389 4871

 

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