From 2012 till 2018 NICCOS was involved in a research program on Water, Health and Development aiming to  develop interdisciplinary, integrated and comprehensive knowledge and tools dealing with the relation between water management, poverty reduction and health care and with a clear societal impact as well.

Since 2018, NICCOS has been involved in a follow-up program called Living Lab Water Indonesia. It uses a community-based approach to sustainable innovation, involving business-people, politicians, activists and scholars.