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Directory of UK “Water Related” Research

How do you find out what research exists?

Many users of research have told us how difficult it is to track down what research has been undertaken in the UK for a specific “water” topic.  The easiest to find is “current” research funded by the UK Research Councils. Older research is however much more difficult to locate. 

The solution

The Water Industry Forum is currently in the process of developing an online directory of “water” research undertaken in the UK,  Our aim is to make this as complete as possible and to make it available to all water sector stakeholders in an easily searchable and useable way.  We hope to make this available online by mid 2014.

Online resources available now

As part of this development work we have identified the following links which you may find of use. Please let us know if you are aware of any other resources that could be added to the list below by contacting us here.


A searchable listing of individuals active in water research.



RCUK Gateway to Research (GtR)

Developed by the Research Councils UK (RCUK) to enable users to search and analyse information about publicly funded research.



UK Water Industry research (UKWIR)

Collaborative research for and funded by UK water operators - website lists research reports and current/future programmes.



Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Searchable database of current research grants.



Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Searchable database of current research grants.



Please note that we can not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of the information on these links.

Background The research undertaken by the Academic Community underpins much of the success enjoyed by the UK water sector over recent years, and current and future research will be critical to tackling the challenges faced by the water industry over the next 30 years.  These challenges include both short term challenges, (eg. leakage reduction, capital investment efficiencies, skill shortages), and  long term challenges,  (eg. energy reduction, increased demand, water scarcity, increased flooding, ageing  assets, impact of climate change