Through our Global Challenge campaigns, our aim is to mobilise the academia-industry ecosystem to address an issue aligned to sustainable development with a clear demand from industry for solutions. Following successful campaigns on sustainable plastics and Covid-19, we now turn our attention to addressing global water pollution, by uncovering novel water monitoring and treatment solutions from academia. 

With this campaign we are aiming to surface new research and academic innovations that will enable the detection and treatment of emerging or legacy pollutants in waterways to ensure safer and cleaner water supplies. We are also looking to uncover technologies to improve wastewater management, as well as water purification methods, including for drinking water. 

How does the campaign work?

Our Global Challenge campaigns are designed to drive innovation and collaboration to support sustainable development and growth. We are inviting our global academic network (1,500 institutes) to share details of their latest commercial-facing research and innovation addressing water pollution to be shared with industry teams working on aligned solutions and products. 

All of the research submitted to our Global Challenge campaign will be hosted on our free-to-access, online matchmaking platform, Connect, and behind every project is an academic team actively looking to start new industry partnerships to help progress, develop and commercialise their work.

This campaign builds on the work we do through our matchmaking platforms to simplify the initial connection between teams in academia and industry, leveraging our networks and expertise to focus on addressing a crucial global challenge.

Our matchmaking platform, Connect, is completely free for companies to join to review the latest commercial-facing research and technologies from institutes and academics actively looking to find new industry partners. We don’t take finders fees or success fees, and the conversations started through this campaign and our platforms are hosted exclusively between you and the other party.


How to engage with research submitted to the campaign:


1 – If you already have an account on IN-PART’s matchmaking platform, Connect: (link will be live once we have started to receive submissions)

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2 – If you’re new to us:

Set up an account (this takes less than a minute) and follow the link above to view the opportunities on our platform:

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3 – Or, view the full public listing of submissions to the campaign in our open research directory (to be published and updated weekly from the w/c 16th May):

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4 – Get personal recommendations from our in-house STEM team with opportunities aligned to your interests:

Let us know the technical challenges and requirements within your innovation roadmap or R&D pipeline focused on water pollution and wastewater treatment, and our team will make sure that you are sent all the projects we receive that align with those requirements.

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Why are we running this Global Challenge campaign?

We ran a survey in 2021 asking our industry network what they and their companies thought are the biggest global challenges we face as a society.  Overwhelmingly, respondents stated that climate change and sustainability are the biggest challenges we need to address. Another survey in 2022 confirmed these were still big priorities. With this Global Challenge campaign, we aim to mobilise our community and create a clear pathway for research translation and commercialisation for technologies that can make an impact in these areas.

During this campaign, we are focussing on the challenges around developing novel water monitoring and treatment solutions.  Water is essential for life; it is fundamental to our industry, economy and environment. Water pollution that arises as a result of untreated wastewater from industrial processes can have devastating effects on wildlife and the environment. 

For more information on our Global Challenge campaigns visit our FAQs page

If you have questions or want to know more about this campaign, please share your queries to and a member of our team will get back to you promptly.


Written by Frances Wilkinson. Edited by Anabel Bennett and Alex Stockham.

Copyrights reserved unless otherwise agreed – IN-PART Publishing Ltd., 2022: ‘Is your company working on solving the challenges of water pollution and wastewater treatment?’


About IN-PART:

We believe brilliant connections can solve real-world problems. We match research pioneers from academia with decision-makers in industry sectors striving for a greater positive impact.

Our goal is to enable connections from around the world to match academic research with industry on a level playing field. Through our intelligent, matchmaking platform we showcase leading university innovations and connect academics with an international community of decision-makers in industry, creating meaningful dialogue and partnership.

Connect, a digital partnering platform for university-industry collaboration.

250+ universities and research institutes around the world currently showcase their research and innovation on IN-PART to find new collaboration partners in industry. R&D teams get free access to the platform (create an account here). There are no hidden costs and we don’t claim downstream success fees.


Discover, a bespoke scouting service for open innovation.

Through Discover, corporate R&D teams can leverage our extended academic network, which reaches multiple teams across 1,500+ universities and research institutes worldwide. In response to a specific research requirement or challenge, Discover enables R&D teams to identify new opportunities for commercialisation or to solicit proposals for new research.

Interested in speaking with our Discover team? Request a demo |  TTO or academic? Sign-up for weekly Discover emails.

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