Partnering for quality research
The Urban Water Security Research Alliance (the Alliance) was formed in 2007 to address South East Queensland's (SEQ's) urban water issues. The initial $50 million funding arrangement was for five years and created the largest urban water research program in Australia. The Alliance partners comprised:
- Queensland Government
- The University of Queensland
- Griffith University.
The Alliance established a collaborative partnership across the research partners. This ensured the identification and allocation of the best researchers across the Alliance to specific research projects in a "best for project" approach.
The program brought an unparalleled capability and capacity in urban water research and development to SEQ, incorporating many years of world-class research expertise, to address Queensland's urban water challenges and anticipated future risks, assumptions and uncertainties facing SEQ's water supply strategy.
The Alliance actively collaborated with key stakeholders and other research organisations such the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCE), Water Quality Research Australia (WQRA), Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and Cooperative Research Centres to make finite resources and research investment stretch further, producing a higher level of return on investment and more significant achievements than each organisation could manage working in isolation; thus resulting in a greater net benefit for the urban water sector.
The Alliance was a key member of the Australian Water Research and Development Coalition (AWRDC), formed in recognition of the benefits of coordination across research organisations in the urban water sector. This national level collaboration aims to deliver the best value for money R&D for the Australian urban water sector, undertaking priority R&D efficiently, limiting duplication of research and improving the effectiveness in translating R&D outcomes into practice for stakeholders.
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