WASH Futures 2018 Awards

Recognising the achievements of individuals and organisations active in WASH.


Details on Award submission processes and prizes coming soon!

Civil Society Innovation Award

The purpose of this award is to highlight and showcase the innovative work of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)/Non-government Organisations (NGOs) in improving WASH service delivery and sustainability.



First prize: AUD$10,000 towards further dissemination of the innovation and/or capacity building and knowledge building activities for the CSO (e.g. conference attendance, training courses, etc.).

2 x Runner-up prizes: AUD 2,500 each. Same conditions apply as per first prize.

Submission deadline:

31 October 2017

Eligibility requirements & submission:

For further information on the Civil Society Innovation Award eligibility requirements and how to submit visit the CS WASH Fund website here.

 Poster Awards

All posters displayed during WASH Futures 2018 will be eligible for:

  • Best poster (judges vote) Prize: AU$500
  • Most popular poster (delegates vote) Prize: AU$500


Student Big Ideas Award

The purpose of this award is to showcase the BIG IDEAS that students around the world have in the field of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

What are your BIG IDEAS for the WASH sector? How do you think the sector could strengthen collaborations to improve WASH? Is there an approach or technology that gets you excited about how we could be tackling the challenge of providing pathways to universal and sustained WASH? Have you got an idea about how the impact of WASH interventions could be measured or understood better?

This award is open to all WASH topic areas and both secondary and tertiary (undergraduate and postgraduate) students are strongly encouraged to participate.

Sponsor: Griffith University


First prize: AU$1,000 

Runners-up: AU$500 (x2) 

Prize-money is to be used towards professional development (memberships, conference attendance, journal subscriptions of your choice).

Submission deadline:

5pm AEST, Friday 2 February 2018

Eligibility & submission requirements:

The Student BIG IDEAS Award is open to any student (school, tertiary – undergraduate/postgraduate). Submit a 3 – 4 minute video showcasing your project or BIG IDEA for the WASH sector for your chance to feature at the WASH Futures Conference 2018.

Shortlisted videos will be shown during the Monday afternoon plenary of WASH Futures 2018 (5 March) with the winner selected by popular vote from delegates and announced at the Conference Dinner Tuesday 6 March.

For further information on the Students BIG IDEAS Award eligibility requirements and information on how to submit download the information and nomination form here.