LIFT (Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology)

LIFT (Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology)

The Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT) Program, a joint initiative of The Water Research Foundation and the Water Environment Federation, has released a new strategic plan for 2020–2025. The LIFT Program is an interactive forum that supports collaboration, evaluation, and testing to accelerate the deployment of innovative research and technologies across the water sector. The LIFT community engages academia, technology developers, and utility end-users.

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The strategic plan outlines specific actions that will contribute to four key strategic goals:

“We’re thrilled that LIFT will continue to support WRF’s central role in bringing innovation to the water sector,” said Christobel Ferguson, Chief Innovation Officer at The Water Research Foundation. “LIFT is a seamless connection between our research programs and the delivery of cutting-edge innovative approaches for utilities to meet the needs of the communities they serve. We’re excited to carry this successful partnership with WEF forward towards a very promising future.”

“Providing a platform for water sector innovation is one of the main components of the  Water Environment Federation’s Mission.  LIFT is an outstanding program that has advanced resource recovery and technical approaches to meet the needs of utilities now and in the future,” said Jackie Jarrell, WEF President. “We look forward to continuing our productive, longstanding partnership with WRF as LIFT is reimagined for the next five years.”

In addition to the new strategic plan, WRF and WEF are currently working together to develop a new LIFT operational plan, governance framework, and delineation of key roles and responsibilities, which will allow the LIFT Program to maximize its impact.

If you have any questions about the LIFT Strategic Plan, contact Christobel Ferguson at