The Water JPI provides funding via competitive Joint Calls for transnational collaborative water RDI projects.

To date, three Joint Calls have been launched (2013, 2015 & 2016) including two calls with EC cofunding (as part of the Horizon 2020 ERA-NETs Cofund WaterWorks2014 & WaterWorks2015):

  • 2013 Pilot Call: Emerging Water Contaminants (budget: €9.7 million; 7 projects funded)
  • 2015 Joint Call: Developing technological solutions for services for water distribution and measurement, wastewater treatment and reuse, desalination, floods and droughts (budget: €15.2 million, 16 projects funded)
  • 2016 Joint Call with the FACCE JPI: Improving water use efficiency and reducing soil and water pollution for a sustainable agriculture (launched on 16/02/2016 – expected budget €26.1million; under evaluation)

Funded projects are expected to have the following impacts:

  • Enable multi-national, collaborative RDI projects addressing questions relating to the water challenges faced by European society
  • Promote multi-disciplinary work and encourage proposals with fundamental and/or applied approaches
  • Stimulate mobility of researchers within the consortia and enhance collaborative research and innovation during the projects’ life and beyond
  • Support the development of innovative technological solutions and services for the implementation of EU water policy

The research outputs of the funded projects have yet to be assessed. As projects are still in progress or just starting, the follow-up and impact assessment will be a major next step going forward.

The Water JPI is planning to launch new Joint Calls on:

  • 2017: Water-related UN SDGs
  • 2018: Closing the water cycle gap - sustainable water management
Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

This publication presents the ten main goals achieved by the initiative till now.

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Water JPI Interface

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The WATER JPI is a relevant structure for Horizon 2020

Both the Water JPI and Horizon 2020 use public funds to achieve their goals, and enjoy a significant area of synergy in their respective research priorities. The JPI provides a channel for dialogue with the EC on future Horizon 2020 calls. Since its launch, the EC has been very supportive of the Water JPI and a non-voting member of its Governing Board.
Task Force on Interactions with Horizon 2020

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