Dear Rupert, Thank you for your quick reply and it is such a small world! I used to live close to Harrogate Road in Leeds where it is 10 miles drive away from Harrogate :)
We are not working with wastewater generated from industries, but rather domestic wastewater treated in industrial scale with wastewater treatment plant. I understand our project on forward osmosis is still lab based, and this technology/idea was initially used as part of '2015 Thought For Food Challenge', a student-only challenge which aim to improve the global food and water security problem, this idea has already been selected as top ten finalist projects across the world where we re having a final competition in Zurich at the beginning of April. The application with OpenIDEO was a last minute decision since we have some ideas from our previous research.
I understand our project delivers two different ideas, and therefore we need to come up with two sets of customer evaluation, this may eventually become two separate projects which run simultaneously with each other. Since we are on our initial stage of compete for this challenge I wonder if you would like us to advertise your method as an integrated part of our competition, and we could also conduct business analysis on your behalf as part of our competition task. This is the website of TFF challenge that I mentioned earlier. http://www.tffchallenge.com/team/2015/oxmosis/
I don't know much about how the grant selection process works in Oxford, from the website I don't know anyone from the programme management team, although our research group actually belongs to the Oxford Water Network which is part of the REACH research team. I don't think my supervisor is in the selection panel as he is currently on sabbatical leave. I hope you all the best in applying the REACH grant.
It was great to get to know you and your project, and I hope this wastewater recycling method can be actualised in the future.
Hello Rupert this is really interesting as this is also the phase 1 idea of our project, see 'Innovative process line for wastewater treatment' https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/water-and-sanitation/ideas/innovative-process-line-for-wastewater-treatment We are mainly focusing on the phase 2 (industrial wastewater treatment) but it would be useful if we can incorporate the two ideas together!