EVALUATION CRITERIA

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated against a set of evaluation criteria relevant to the applied category (Innovative Projects Award, Innovative Research & Development Award, and Innovative Individual Award category) in order to ensure fair and appropriate scoring of entries and selection of winners.

*Note: “Local” and “National” in the below context refers to the local/national to the area/country of the project development or implementation (or intended implementation).



Innovative Projects Award

Technology & Process Design (20%)

Quality and safety of product water and water production capacity as a function of feed water quality, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation and maintenance requirements.

(Demonstrate how you have considered WHO guidelines for quality drinking water, with test results of water quality pre and post treatment submitted from a recognized laboratory)

Creativity and Innovation (30%)

Demonstration of new and innovative methodologies and applications, improved efficiency, and increased solar energy storage capacity compared to existing technologies.

Adaptability to Local Environments (20%)

Simplicity in assembly and disassembly, operation & maintenance and adaptability and durability to local operating conditions and harsh environments as well as engagement with the local community.

Adherence to Health and Safety and other Environment standards (20%)

Compliance with local Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) and regulations. This includes demonstrating an approach process and / or providing evidence of compliance with local jurisdiction environmental and social regulations, and compliance with local or national health and safety standards and regulations. 

Cost-effectiveness and Scalability (10%)

Lifecycle cost-benefit analysis and impact investment readiness, and demonstration of accessibility to poor and disaster stricken areas.

Innovative Research & Development Award

Technology & Process Design (20%)

Quality and safety of product water and water production capacity as a function of feed water quality, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation and maintenance requirements.

(Demonstrate how you have considered WHO guidelines for quality drinking water, with test results of water quality pre and post treatment submitted from a recognized laboratory)

Creativity and Innovation (30%)

Demonstration of new and innovative methodologies and applications, improved efficiency and increased solar energy storage capacity compared to existing technologies. 

Adaptability to Local Environments (20%)

Simplicity in assembly and disassembly, operation & maintenance and adaptability and durability to local operating conditions and harsh environments as well as engagement with the local community.

Adherence to Health and Safety and other Environment standards (20%)

Compliance with local Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) and regulations. This includes demonstrating an approach process and / or providing evidence of compliance with local jurisdiction environmental and social regulations, and compliance with local or national health and safety standards and regulations.

Cost-effectiveness and Scalability (10%)

Lifecycle cost-benefit analysis, and demonstration of accessibility to poor and disaster stricken areas.

Innovative Individual Award - Distinguished Researcher Award

Technology & Process Design (15%)

Quality and safety of product water and water production capacity as a function of feed water quality, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation and maintenance requirements.

(Demonstrate how you have considered WHO guidelines for quality drinking water, with test results of water quality pre and post treatment submitted from a recognized laboratory)

Creativity and Innovation (35%)

Demonstration of new and innovative methodologies and applications, improved efficiency and increased solar energy storage capacity compared to existing technologies.


Adherence to Health and Safety and other Environment standards (15%)

Compliance with local Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) and regulations. This includes demonstrating an approach process and / or providing evidence of compliance with local jurisdiction environmental and social regulations, as well as compliance with local or national health and safety standards and regulations.


Proven leadership in the advancement of water scarcity issues and/or the production of safe drinking water using solar technology (35%)

Demonstration of more than 10 years’ experience in the water industry or water related academia research, experience in driving actionable efforts for the production of safe drinking water using solar energy, accomplishments in driving awareness about water related issues through lectures, conferences, trainings, workshops, webinars, etc. as well as leadership and engagement in the water community.


Innovative Individual Award - Youth Award

Technology & Process Design (10%)

Quality and safety of product water.  (Demonstrate how you have considered WHO guidelines for quality drinking water, with test results of water quality pre and post treatment submitted from a recognized laboratory)


Creativity and Innovation (50%)

Demonstration of new and innovative methodologies and applications, improved efficiency and increased solar energy storage capacity compared to existing technologies.


Adherence to Health and Safety and other Environment standards (15%)

Compliance with local Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) and regulations. This includes demonstrating an approach process and / or providing evidence of compliance with local jurisdiction environmental and social regulations, as well as compliance with local or national health and safety standards and regulations.


Active engagement, teamwork, education and awareness on water scarcity related issues (25%)

Recommendations or endorsement as evidence of local and/or global engagement on water scarcity related issues, and evidence of participation in awareness education programs in relation to water scarcity related issues.


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