Welcome to the website of the JPI on “Water challenges for a changing world” aiming to tackle the ambitious grand challenge of “Achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad”. Water is vital and essential for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Better results and optimization of public funds are obtained through the alignment of water research agendas and programmes at European and international level.

JPIs launch brochure highlighting key achievements

At the fifth anniversary of the launch of the second wave of Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), the ten initiatives present a new brochure and factsheets on all JPIs.

The new folder explains the benefits of participating in a Joint Programming Initiative, provides an overview of the governance model and highlights the implementation actions for transnational cooperation. In addition to the general introduction to Joint Programming all JPIs developed a factsheet with an overview of member countries, objectives and key achievements.
The brochure was presented at the Annual Joint Programming Conference on 22-23 November 2016 in Brussels and can be downloaded here.

Joint Programming Initiatives?
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) were launched via European Council conclusions in 2009 with the aim to tackle the Grand Societal Challenges. JPIs are Member State-led, bringing together national research funding organisations, ministries and research councils both in Europe and further afield. This ambition of aligning national programmes, strategies and policies extends beyond the matching of RD&I funds. The alignment process covers various phases, from setting joint objectives and forging a common vision and a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda between countries to developing appropriate framework conditions and selecting appropriate instruments. After the first four JPIs paved the way, we celebrated the launch of the second wave of JPIs by the Council exactly 5 years ago on 6 December 2011.

 

The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2.0
The WATER JPI SRIA version 2.0 lays out research, innovation and development needs in the water sector grouped by thematic areas and priorities selected after a stakeholders’ consultation for their scientific and societal importance and structured around these five core themes: Improving Ecosystem Sustainability and Human Well-being; Developing Safe Water Systems for the Citizens; Promoting Competitiveness in the Water Industry; Implementing a Water-Wise Bio-Based Economy; Closing the Water Cycle Gap Improving Sustainable Water Resources Management. It will be implemented during the period 2016-2019. 

Download the short version: Introduction to the SRIA

The SRIA was presented during the Water JPI conference held in Rome on 19 th May 2016. The event video is available here.

 
2016 Water JPI Exploratory Workshop

The Water JPI held its first Exploratory Workshop on the 14th November 2016 in Dublin. The workshop was focussed on the Water JPI Strategic & Research innovation Agenda Theme 5 - Closing the Water Cycle Gap - Improving sustainable water resource management. There were 62 attendees during the event.

The objectives of the 2016 Exploratory Workshop were to:

  • Gather relevant experts in the topic, which will present and discuss their findings to other experts and stakeholders (end-users, policy makers and industry)
  • Identify Knowledge Gaps and RDI Needs in that area (Emerging needs / Flexible Fiches)
  • Further elaborate the SRIA RDI Needs.

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CSA IC4WATER IC4WATER

In January 2017, the Water JPI will launch the new Coordination and Support Action “Tackling Water Challenges in the International Context“ (so called IC4WATER) dedicated to the development of international cooperation in the Water area.

IC4WATER plans to elaborate new principles of international transnational research and innovation cooperation through concrete joint programming. It will in particular focus on the theme of UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) related to Water challenges: Within the new post-2015 development agenda, the place of water-related issues has been further strengthened. Indeed, water is at stake not only in Goal 6 to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, divided into seven specific targets, but in almost all of the 17 SDGs.

 
WATERWORKS2014 ERA-NET COFUNDED CALL
WaterWorks2014

A total of 16 transnational collaborative research projects presented on the call theme “Research and Innovation for Developing Technological Solutions and Services for Water Systems” were selected for funding by the Call Steering Committee: ACWAPUR, Biorg4WasteWaterVal+, DESERT, DOMINO, IMDROFLOOD, INXCES, IRIDA, MEPROWARE, MUFFIN, Pioneer_STP, PROGNOS, SIM, STEEP STREAMS, TH.E.R.BIO.R, watintech, WE-NEED.

The Kick-off meeting of the projects was held in Rome on 18 May 2016.

Online booklet on funded projects

 

The seven Pilot Call projects

The projects FRAME, MOTREM, PROMOTE, METAWATER, PERSIST, StARE, TRACE on “Emerging water contaminants – anthropogenic pollutants and pathogens” are funded for their scientific quality, the competence of the researchers involved, their societal impact.

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Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

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

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Project database & Open Data JPI Interface

Project database
Open Data JPI Interface

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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