Cooperation beyond Europe

Even though the primary remit of the JPIs is to promote cross-border collaboration of European Member States, international cooperation has rapidly emerged as a secondary priority, in particular for supporting the European leadership in water science and technology. The Water JPI current membership includes four H2020 Associated countries, e.g. Norway, Moldova, Israel and Turkey.
With the increased awareness on water challenges (e.g. conclusions of the World Economic Forum, future approval of the UN Sustainable Development Goals), the Water JPI should play a more important role in providing and steering research and innovation in the Water sector, in close cooperation with upcoming international conventions/ policies and international research for a, such as the Belmont Forum or the Global Water Research Coalition.

International cooperation activities within the Water JPI have the objectives of i) building the critical mass needed to provide an effective response to major societal challenges; and, ii) enabling Europe to participate more effectively in agenda setting in international water fora.

As a starting point, the Water JPI has mapped research and innovation activities (from funding to execution) in seven priority countries with which further collaboration could be sought: Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam. See the Mapping Beyond Europe report.
Modalities for long-term partnerships with these countries are currently being studied by Water JPI partners. Some of these countries, plus some others, are members (or will be members) of the two Eranet cofunds coordinated by the Water JPI, Waterworks 2014 and WaterWorks2015:

  • Canada / Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council NSERC
  • Egypt / Academy of Scientific Research & Technology - ASRT
  • South Africa / Water Research Commission involved in the two Eranets – WRC
  • Taiwan / Taiwanese Ministry of Science and Technology – MOST
  • Tunisia / Institution for Agricultural Research and Higher Education – IRESA