WaterWorks 2015

WaterWorks2015 is a collaboration between the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs), Water JPI (“Water Challenges for a Changing World”) and FACCE-JPI (“Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change”). Achieving a “sustainable water use in agriculture, to increase water use efficiency and reduce soil and water pollution” is at the intersection of the two JPIs, contributing to the implementation of their respective Strategic Research Agendas.

WaterWorks2015 aims at pooling resources from the 32 participating research programme owners / managers of 23 countries to implement a joint call for proposals, with EU co-funding in the area of sustainable water use in agriculture and forestry. WaterWorks2015 brings together 6 organisations belonging to both JPIs, 15 countries from the Water JPI, 3 from the FACCE JPI, as well as 9 organisations from associated and third countries, in an effort to reinforce international cooperation in the area of water use in agriculture and forestry. Additional Activities will also be carried out to further support the implementation and strategy of the Water JPI.

The overall aims of WaterWorks2015 include:

  • Pooling financial resources towards the definition and implementation of a Cofunded transnational and multi-disciplinary Call for research and innovation proposals;
  • Overcoming the fragmentation of European water-related research and innovation activities;
  • Supporting EU policies and initiatives in the field of water;
  • Supporting the implementation and the development of the Water Joint Programming Initiative (Water JPI).

WaterWorks2015 will be implemented through several tasks which have been planned according to the specifications of the ERA-NET Cofund instrument.

Joint Call – Work Packages:

  • WP2 Co-funded Call management: from preparation to launch
  • WP3 Co-funded Call management: from evaluation to proposal selection
  • WP4 Monitoring and Assessment of the projects funded through the WaterWorks2015 Co-funded call

The implementation of the Cofunded call will be facilitated by two horizontal work packages:

  • WP1 Coordination and Management;
  • WP5 Communication, Exploitation and Dissemination of the results

Additional activities have been also prepared in two other packages for in-depth cooperation between partners:

  • WP6 Additional Activities on Strategy (Developing a Common Vision and updating the Water and FACCE JPIs strategies, development of international cooperation);
  • WP7 Additional Activities on Implementation (launch of a Knowledge hub (build on lessons learned for other JPIs, in particular FACCE), planning mobility & infrastructure joint activities, as well as furthering our understanding and progressing of the concept of alignment of national research programmes amongst the Water JPI community)

The WaterWorks2015 will come to an end in 2020. It will be crucial to accomplish the general objectives of the Water and FACCE JPIs.

Linking to other JPIs

JPI FACCE

Linking to Water JPI actions:

Water JPI Eranet Cofund WaterWorks2014 on Waste Water Treatement and reuse - Call 2015
Water JPI Pilot call on Emerging contaminants - Pilot Call

Linking to other Initiatives

Previous Water-related ERA-NETs: CRUE (completed in 2009), IWRM NET (completed as an ERA-NET in 2010, with the network continuing operations), and SPLASH (completed in 2011), WaterWorks2014 (on going, completed in 2019).
Related on-going ERA-NETs: BiodivERsA (related through the area of green infrastructure, and possibly future collaboration); CIRCLE2 (related through floods and droughts), and FORESTERRA (possibly future collaboration).
European Technology Platforms (ETPs): The most directly related ETP is the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP). Cooperation between the Water JPI and the WssTP is already intense. This will continue under the auspice of WaterWorks2015.
European Innovation Partnership on Water (EIP on Water): An initiative within the EU 2020 Innovation Union. Eight priority areas have been chosen for the EIP Water, six of which are particularly relevant to the scope of WaterWorks2015: water reuse and recycling, water and wastewater treatment including recovery of resources, water-energy nexus, flood and drought risk management, water governance and decision support systems and monitoring. The Water JPI is actively engaged in the Steering Group and the Task Force of the EIP on Water.