USAID Desal Prize Call for Innovations Open Now

On June 16

Technologies must be powered by renewable energy and provide both potable water for humans and water appropriate for crops

While brackish water desalination technologies do exist on the market, few, if any, are environmentally sustainable or suitable for use in rural or remote settings. The Desal Prize will provide $400,000 in awards as well as mentoring to the top innovations that meet the competition’s criteria.

The Desal Prize was launched on March 21, 2014 in Washington D.C. during U.S. Tech H2.O, a World Water Day event. The prize is the result of a historic partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (MFA-NL). Desal Prize participants will also benefit from a partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which will provide technical guidance and access to the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility to test Semi-Finalists’ technologies and determine Finalists.

If you think your desalination technology has what it takes, apply now through August 1. Get the latest news and updates about the Desal Prize at and by following @securingwater #DesalPrize.


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