LOGO WaterWorks2015 Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area

WATERWORKS 2015

In 2016, the Water JPI launched a Joint Call in the frame of the ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2015 to support research on the sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors.
Supported by 25 national / regional funding organisations from 22 countries, this call was co-funded by the European Commission and covered the following challenges:

  • Challenge – 1: Increasing the efficiency and resilience of water uses
  • Challenge – 2: Monitoring and reducing soil and water pollution
  • Challenge – 3: Integrating social and economic dimensions into the sustainable management and governance of water resources

The joint call was launched on the 16th of February 2016.

21 transnational projects recommended for funding for over 16 million euro
Following the ranking list established by an independent evaluation panel of experts, the Call Steering Committee - composed by the WaterWorks2015 partners participating in the call – has shortlisted and recommended for funding the 21 top research projects for a total Grant amount of over 17 million euro (in cash, i.e. total costs over 21 million euro).
The 21 shortlisted projects are scientifically excellent projects, covering a wide range of disciplines (from social and economic sciences to nature sciences), and addressing a range of societal challenges related to Water and Agriculture.
The list of funded projects will be definitively known upon national decisions by WaterWorks2015 partners, in April 2017 at the latest.

List of 21 projects recommended for funding


Project Acronym

Project Title

Coordinator

Participating countries

ABAWARE

Advanced biotechnology for intensive – freshwater aquaculture wastewater reuse

Norway

Norway, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Romania, Sweden

AgriAs

Evaluation and management of As contamination in agricultural water and soil

Finland

Finland, Germany, France, Sweden

AGRISENSUS

Integrated monitoring and control of water, nutrients and plant protection products towards a sustainable agricultural sector

Portugal

Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey

AgWIT

Agricultural Water Innovations in the Tropics

Canada

Canada, Germany, Brazil, Costa Rica, Denmark, Sweden, Taiwan

AquaVal

Valorisation of water use in aquaculture using multi trophic systems

Portugal

Portugal, Spain, Italy

AWARE

Assessing the fate of pesticides and wastewater-borne contaminants in agricultural crops and their environmental risks

Spain

Spain, Germany, France, Norway

CLEARANCE

Circular Economy Approach to River pollution by Agricultural Nutrients with use of Carbon-storing Ecosystems

Poland

Poland, Germany, Denmark

ECOSAFEFARMING

Development and testing of a novel photocatalytic system for efficient cogeneration of clean water and hydrogen for ecosafe agriculture

Turkey

Turkey, Germany, Canada, Spain

Eutro-Sed

Eutrophication hotspots resulting from biogeochemical transformations and bioavailability of phosphorus in the fluvial suspended sediment of geologically contrasting agricultural catchments

Ireland

Ireland, Canada, Sweden,

FORWARD

Operational monitoring and Forecasting system for Resilience of agriculture and forestry under intensification of the WAteR cycle: a bid Data approach

Spain

Spain, Belgium, Denmark

IMPASSE

Impacts of MicroPlastics in AgroSystems and Stream Environments

Norway

Norway, Canada, Spain, The Netherlands, Sweden

INNOMED

Innovative options for Integrated Water Resources Management in the Mediterranean

Spain

Spain, Cyprus, France, Italy, Moldova, Portugal

LEAP

Legacies of Agricultural Pollutants (LEAP): Integrated Assessment of Biophysical and Socioeconomic Controls on Water Quality in Agroecosystems

Canada

Canada, Denmark, Portugal, Sweden

OPERA

Operationalizing the increase of water use efficiency and resilience in irrigation

The Netherlands

The Netherlands, South Africa, France, Italy, Poland, Spain

POTENTIAL

Variable rate irrigation and nitrogen fertilization in Potato; engage the spatial variation

Belgium

Belgium, Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands

ProWsper

How to PROtect Water, Soil and Plants production all togethER

Romania

Romania, France, Portugal

REWATER

Sustainable and safe water management in agriculture: Increasing the efficiency of water reuse for crop growth while protecting ecosystems, services and citizens’ welfare

Portugal

Portugal, Romania, Sweden

SMARTECOPONICS

On-site microbial sensing for minimising environmental risks from aquaponics to human health

Spain

Spain, France, Italy

SOSTPRO

SOurce STream (headwater) PROtection from forest practices: what are the costs and benefits, and how best to do it?

Canada

Canada, Finland, Sweden

water4ever

Optimizing water use in agriculture to preserve soil and water resources

Portugal

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Turkey

WaterFARMING

Improvement of water and nutrient retention and use efficiency in arable farming systems from field to catchment scale in Europe and North Africa

Denmark

Denmark, Germany, Egypt, The Netherlands, Tunisia