Eawag offers a remarkable environment for research in aquatic science and technology. Researchers enjoy an academic environment in which much of the research is driven "bottom-up" by interests of the researchers themselves.
Eawag has a 5-year-tenure process in which successful tenure-track researches are granted a permanent position after an evaluation based on their professional accomplishments.
Students at all levels are engaged in many projects.
Eawag is well supported by the federal government which allows for long-term continuity in research, excellent technical and administrative support and world-class instrumentation and facilities. Approximately 25% of Eawag's total budget is supported by external funding which is primarily used for research projects.