Affiliate Projects

Please note: We are accepting proposals for Affiliate Projects at this time. Scroll down to see if your project is eligible.

Global Water Futures Affiliate Projects

Global Water Futures aims to be an inclusive program of water security researchers in Canada and globally that can contribute towards the vision and mission of the GWF. The GWF may provide in-kind support for research oppoprtunities which are not eligible for GWF funding, but which contribute strategically towards the GWF vision and mission.

To learn more about each project, please click on the images below.

List of Affiliate Projects

Combined Hydrological, Exposure and Risk Assessment Models in Support of Environmental Risk Assessment
Led by Dr. Markus Brinkmann, Assistant Professor in Exposure and Risk Assessment Modelling, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
Building and Sustaining Infrastructure Resilience Through Targeted Cli- mate Adaptation Training for Professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador
Led by Joseph A. Daraio, Ph.D., P.Eng., Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Climate sensitivity of Alaskan rivers, fish and communities: Developing storylines of Arctic transformation
Led by K. Musselman, Ph.D., Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research , University of Colorado Boulder
Assessing the future projection of soil moisture and streamflow in the Canadian Prairie region relative to tree-ring reconstructions of the past millennium
Led by David J. Sauchyn, Ph.D., PGeo Director, Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC), Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Regina
Warming Estuaries, Closing Gates: Understanding Estuarine Thermal Sensitivity to Climate Change
Led by Dr. Barret Kurylyk, Assistant Professor and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Coastal Water Resources), Dalhousie University
Indigenous Engagement on Lake Winnipeg Basin Nutrient Issues in Treaty Areas 4, 5 and 6, Saskatchewan
Led by Dr. Lori Bradford, Assistant Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
Winter Carbon Losses in Wetland Ecosystems under Current and Future Climates
Led by Fereidoun Rezanezhad, Research Associate Professor, Soil Biochemistry and Hydrology, University of Waterloo
Realtime Aquatic Ecosystem Observation Network (RAEON)
Led by Aaron Fisk, Professor, CRC (Tier 1) and RAEON Science Director, School of the Environment, University of Windsor

Submit an Affiliate Project

GWF aims to be an inclusive program of water security researchers in Canada and globally that can contribute towards the vision and mission of the GWF. The goal of the program is to deliver risk management solutions - informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools - to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment.  Many research opportunities may arise that will be pursued by eligible GWF members, but which were not included in their GWF funded projects, and by others who are not eligible for GWF funding. These opportunities may contribute strategically towards the GWF vision and mission and so it is possible for GWF to provide in-kind support to these projects and to benefit from such linkages to expand its research envelope. The purpose of the call for GWF Affiliate Projects is to find ways to align with and link to projects that are outside of the direct funding remit of GWF, to benefit both the Affiliate Projects and GWF.


  • Any individual researcher or consortium (Canadian or international) who is working in the area of water science and can contribute towards the GWF vision and mission via their funded projects.
  • Existing GWF members who were either funded or not funded can get their new externally funded projects affiliated with the GWF program
  • New faculty members who were recruited as part of the GWF program can affiliate their developing research program
  • Any partner, user or stakeholder whose new funded research project contributes towards the GWF vision and mission
  • Access to core modelling outputs and will facilitate links to existing GWF-funded projects and core teams, including knowledge mobilization, computer science, and certain observational data and sensor developments
  • Access to some administrative and outreach support from the GWF Secretariat, and the opportunity to showcase their project on the GWF website and via social media accounts
  • Can participate in GWF topical workshops and Annual Science Meetings for research dissemination, planning, outreach, knowledge mobilization and professional development
  • Participation in pursuing future funding opportunities with GWF members and projects
  • Contributing to GWF goals and objectives
  • Scientific excellence
  • Open data and open-source modelling (adhere to the GWF Data Policy and Management Framework)
  • Diversity, equity, respect, inclusiveness
Reporting Requirements
  • Reporting is in line with the GWF Project Annual Reports (see attached GWF Reporting Template)
Application Process

The application package should consist of:

  •  2-page description of the project showing how it addresses the Vision and Mission of the GWF and will meet the Expectations of Affiliate Projects

Submit application via email to Phani Adapa, Director of Operations, GWF at 


Only in-kind support is available from GWF

Deadline There is no associated closing date with applications.