About the Safe Water team

Ensure Access to safe drinking water

SAFEWATER is a research centre of excellence bringing together expertise from Ulster University (UK), the University of Medellin (Colombia), the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia (Colombia), and Fundacion Cantaro Azul (Mexico). The centre has been established through funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Research Councils UK Collective Fund, under Agreement Reference EP/P032427/1.

Ulster University

Ulster University is a multi-campus public university located in Northern Ireland. The University is a leading modern university ranked in the top 150 global institutions under 50 years of age in The Times Higher Education 150 Under 50 World University rankings. As Northern Ireland’s civic university, it is one of the top-five UK universities for widening participation to higher education and is first in Northern Ireland.


University of Medellin

The University of Medellin’s vision is to promote higher education through academic excellence, a culture for research and social responsibility to contribute to regional and national development in an international context. The university research system is guided on the logic of knowledge management and strengthens the advance the its policy as part of a national and regional Science, Technology and Innovation System (CT+I). It also adopts from each one of its academic niches research fields to establish a pertinent agenda prioritization in strategic development fields.


University of São Paulo

The University of São Paulo is a large University of over 80,000 students spread over 11 campuses, in 42 teaching and research units, offering 249 undergraduate courses and 239 postgraduate programs in all areas of knowledge. Currently, USP is responsible for 22% of the scientific production in Brazil. It is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Latin America. All this investment in the quest for excellence yields to university a high standard on a world scale, both in teaching and in research. The University of São Paulo – USP at São Carlos School of Engineering – EESC (Department of Hydraulics and Sanitation) is where the Safewater project is centred. EESC-USP has 2,500 undergraduate students and 1,200 postgraduates. EESC-USP is a national reference in the engineering and has contributed to the development of Brazilian society, with application and dissemination of science, technology and culture.


Fundación Cántaro Azul

Fundacion Cantaro Azul is a Mexican civil association with 12 years’ experience working together with rural communities, enabling more than 30,000 people to have access to safe water in several states of the country. Initially focused on the development of water technologies appropriate for rural contexts, the organization has evolved towards the generation of integral and participatory strategies, along with a strategy of systemic change focused on reducing the inequality gap that exists around the human right to water and sanitation in Mexico.


Centre of Science and Technology of Antioquia (CTA)

The Centre of Science and Technology of Antioquia – CTA-, is a non-profit private corporation with more than 28 years leading the structure of the triad University-State-company, in the creation and transfer of scientific and technological knowledge, in responding appropriately to the changing needs of the territories, their communities, and organizations, and enabling the social appropriation of knowledge.


UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation is a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourishIt aims to maximise the contribution of each of component parts, working individually and collectively, working with their many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation Research England.