Wall Scholar alumnus receives $1.6 million in funding for RESEAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation

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The Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) has announced new funding for seven networks, including $1.6 million over four years for the RESEAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation, a multi-disciplinary strategic network that connects Canada’s First Nations communities with organizations who can help resolve the prevalent drinking water problem through an innovative community circle model.

This support from NCE, totalling $92 million, will enable the RESEAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation and other networks of researchers to solve current issues and transfer knowledge to practice for end-users.

Six million people living in Indigenous and non-urban communities in Canada face highly disproportionate exposure to negative health, social and economic impacts from untreated and contaminated drinking water. Many of those facing severe water challenges are small First Nations communities, where boil-water advisories are a common occurrence.

This is what prompted 2016 Wall Scholar alumnus Madjid Mohseni (Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering) to get involved with RESEAU. 

Mohseni is the Scientific Director and chair of the network’s impact management committee, but he credits the Wall Solutions Initiative award he received in 2013 as the reason his team was able to mobilize with non-academic partners to formulate and develop what was formerly known as the RES’EAU Community Circle – an award-winning and globally unique model for drinking water that finds solutions that are tailored to the individual community and are reflective of local social-cultural values.

 

Read the full NCE announcement and NCE profile on the RESEAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation.

Read our Wall Paper on RES'EAU-WaterNET.