Implementation

The European Commission is encouraging Member States to work together on research into a range of topics that pose a challenge to European citizens now and in the years ahead, because European researchers can achieve more results and make better use of public funds through research cooperation and RDI programming coordination than by working separately. The Joint Programming Initiative on water works to get participating countries to coordinate their individual water research agendas with a European-wide strategic research agenda on common research questions to be solved. It will increase cooperation between European water professionals through sharing resources, building networks and involving all stakeholders in the development of its activities.

The WATER JPI Implementation for the period 2014-2016 focuses on activities classified into three types: interfacing with society, empowering research and innovation actors, improving the RDI programmes.

wjpi implemThe  WATER JPI Implementation Plan for the period 2014-2016 aims at implementing three Calls for proposals on water research and innovation issues able to contribute to the alignment of the national and regional water RDI programmes, and to the development of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

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A new Implementation Plan is under discussion for 2017 – 2019. It should be approved at the Vienna Governing Board meeting (29 November 2016).

The Water JPI Key achievements over the period 2011-2016 include:

  1. Progress towards alignment of national research agendas, which is a crucial priority enabling the optimal use of national research funds.
  2. Agreement on a common Vision Document, which outlines the objectives the Water JPI is aiming to achieve by 2020.
  3. The development of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), which lays out specific RDI needs to tackle the Water JPI grand challenge.
  4. The extension of the Water JPI membership to build a greater critical mass, which is required to provide an effective response to major societal challenges and to strengthen the European Research Area.
  5. Establishment of the Water JPI Advisory Boards: Scientific and Technological Board (STB) and Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG), to extend its partnership and involve multi-stakeholders.
  6. The development and consolidation of international cooperation, starting from the level of European countries and widening the reach of the JPI to tackle Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) needs at a more global scale. The first development actions targeted seven countries (Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Africa, United States and Vietnam).
  7. Strengthening the focused EU leadership regarding water RDI activities through publishing of several position papers, interacting with other EU initiatives, and creating synergies between them.
  8. Completion of a comprehensive EU water RDI mapping report, including the creation of a Projects Database to better understand the European water-related RDI activities and take stock of national and regional research strategies, policies and programmes in the EU.
  9. The launch of three Joint Calls for Proposals in 2013, 2015 and 2016 (under final stage of evaluation). So far, 23 projects have been funded, with a total budget of approx. €24.9 million.
  10. Establishment of a Dissemination Strategy since 2013, to implement and develop the Water JPI communication platform to reach different types of stakeholders and facilitate the engagement of the public at large.

Read More: 2016 Water JPI Key Achievements document.

Timeline of the Water JPI

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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. These synergies can enhance knowledge and capacities in order to support national alignment of RDI activities. The JPI also 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 nonvoting member of its GB. In its 2013 Position Document on Horizon 2020, the Water JPI committed to sustain a permanent dialogue with Horizon 2020, focusing on issues such as:

  • The implementation of synergy areas in water RDI
  • Agenda setting within Horizon 2020

To facilitate this dialogue, the Water JPI has set up a Task Force dedicated to Interactions with the EC.

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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