Water Test Network

Project Summary

The Water Test Network (WTN) project will establish a transnational network of testing facilities which can be used by SMEs in North-West Europe (NWE) to test, demonstrate and develop new products for the water sector. In this way, new innovations will be developed and it will accelerate the time to market.

In a competitive global water market, pre-commercial testing is difficult and costly at operational scale and investors are reluctant to invest in unproven technology. This way it can take 15-20 years to bring new technology to the market. To increase market opportunities in this fast growing sector, WTN will help SMEs from across NWE to test their innovative water technologies at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5-8. This will be achieved by creating a transnational network of operational scale demonstrator sites in UK, FR, DE, NL and BE, which will offer a range of water types, clean and waste water, in rural and urban settings, for specialist applications such as pharma or agricultural. 
By working closely with SMEs, offering them an integrated package of support and linking them to the best possible site for their needs, validation and commercialisation of near to market water solutions will be accelerated, providing an investor ready pipeline of new products and processes.

The change the project will deliver is to accelerate the time to market, increase the proportion of products reaching the market, and supporting innovative technologies through the complex processes of verification and validation, which create particular pressures in the water sector. At least 120 SMEs will be supported by testing 90 new technologies, of which 30 will be brought to the market by the SMEs. In the long term, the network will remain in place after the project lifetime. A business model will be developed to continue collaboration between partners and provide access to the network of test facilities for SMEs on a paid-for basis after the project.

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Scottish Water David Ross 6 Castle Drive
KY11 8GG
United Kingdom
David.Ross@SCOTTISHWATER.CO.UK www.scottishwater.co.uk
Name Contact Name Email Country
James Hutton Limited Richard Allan richard.allan@hutton.ac.uk United Kingdom
DVGW Water Technology Center (TZW) Beate Hambsch beate.hambsch@tzw.de Germany
VITO NV Charlotte Boeckaert cb@vlakwa.be Belgium
Centre of Expertise Water Technology Jordi Moreno j.moreno@cew-leeuwarden.nl Netherlands
French Geological Survey Christophe Mouvet c.mouvet@brgm.fr France
Water Board Vallei and Veluwe Edwin de Buijzer EdeBuijzer@vallei-veluwe.nl Netherlands
Enterprise Ireland Liam Curran Liam.Curran@enterprise-ireland.com Ireland
Scottish Enterprise Neil Kitching Neil.Kitching@scotent.co.uk United Kingdom



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Meet the innovation chasers

The innovation chasers are your first point of contact to the Water Test Network project. They can guide and support you in completing the stage 1 and 2 application forms.


Please see the countries below for the innovation chaser in your region.



Charlotte Boeckaert   


+32 56241261



Christophe Mouvet                                                                  


+33 238643908


DVGW Water Technology Center

Beate Hambsch 


+49 7219678220


Enterprise Ireland

Liam Curran                         


+35 361777014

+35 3876813794


James Hutton Limited

Richard Allan            


+44 1382568952


Scottish Water

Daniel Gerdes                                                                                        


+44 7484509431

The Netherlands

Centre of Expertise Water Technology

Jordi Moreno              


+31 582100919

+31 657772569

The Netherlands

Regional Water Authority Vallei and Veluwe

Peter-Jan van Oene 


+31 612986083

Innovation Support Vouchers 

The Water Test Network offers SMEs an integrated package of support in the form of Innovation Support Vouchers. These vouchers will be tailored to the needs of the SMEs and guarantee a certain level of fully-funded support, which could be any of the following three components:

  1. A investigative report which analyses the development and support needs of the SME and their proposed technology;
  2. Access to a test facility to allow the SME to test their technology;
  3. Support with validation and verification to assist market entry, where necessary.

Support for an SME can be up to €50,000, except where a special case is made for high potential. All costs will be de minimis, with appropriate recording.

Through the voucher system the SME will be matched to the most appropriate support / test facility. The voucher will cover the cost of the relevant support, such as the cost incurred by the test facility in hosting the trial. All the SME’s cost, including but not limited to their own staffing, travel, accommodation and logistics, will be met by the SME.

On the test facility page you can find detailed information about the various test facilities accessible within the project.


Who can apply?

All small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from North-West Europe can apply. An SME is defined as an organisation with no more as 250 employees and a turnover of at most €50 million.  

In the ‘Innovation Voucher Terms of Reference’ you can read all the information about who is eligible, the application process, the main characteristics of the innovation vouchers and the selection criteria.


How to apply?

Applications for the vouchers can be submitted at any point from 11 December 2018 until 01 August 2021.

The application process consists of two stages.  

  1. Applicants should first contact the Innovation Chaser in their region. The Innovation Chaser is the first point of contact and will support the applicant throughout the application process. He/she will assess initial eligibility of the applicant.

  2. If the applicant is eligible for support the Innovation Chaser will then support the applicant through the second stage of the application process. The 'Guidance Notes' below provide the applicant with detailed information about how to fill in the stage 2 application form.


Innovation Support Voucher documents:

In the files below you can find all the necessary documents (per stage) for the application process:

Stage 1 documents


Stage 2 documents


Additional documents:


Test facilities

The Water Test Network offers 14 operational scale demonstration sites across North-West Europe with a range of water types and applications. These will be accessible for SMEs located in the North-West Europe region to assist them in developing products to be market-ready and linked to key sector needs.

For detailed information about the test facilities’ applications, water types, facilities and equipment, please click or download the facility of your interest below.

On this page we will regularly add documents and results of the Water Test Network project.

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Download our press releases below: 

December 12, 2018: Water Test Network launches officially


During the project the Water Test Network project will issue at least 5 different Innovation Challenges. Water sector end users (public utilities, large industries) have the opportunity to submit existing water problems to which a solution is sought from innovative SMEs. The SMEs will be engaged to these challenges in a ‘meet the buyer’ type of exercise.

At this moment we are collecting water related issues for the Innovation Challenges. If you have a water issue which you want to be solved by innovative SMEs, please send an email to watertestnetwork@scottishwater.co.uk

Keep an eye on this page to see when an Innovation Challenge is launched.

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