Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area: 2016 JOINT CALL

Joint Call on "Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors"


The WaterWorks2015 ERA-NET Cofund was launched in January 2016 in support of the Water JPI, as a result of a joint collaborative effort with the FACCE JPI. It is funded by the EC under H2020. WaterWorks2015 aims at tackling water challenges at European and international levels through the development of transnational and transdisciplinary research and innovation actions.

WaterWorks2015 addresses especially the challenges of:

  • Ensuring the provision of water resources for the agricultural, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sector in a context of global climate change and consumers’ demands for more ecologically friendly products. The reuse of treated water from different sources (e.g. industries, cities) should be further exploited;
  • Protecting humans against health risks if additional water sources, such as reuse, are made available;
  • The more sustainable growth of the agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors whilst paving the way towards job creation in all these economic areas.

WaterWorks2015 will benefit researchers, policy-makers, water authorities, utility operators, industry, farmers, and citizens by developing research and innovation in the water area.

Scope of the 2016 Joint Call funded under WaterWorks2015
Proposals are invited on the topic "Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors", which comprises the following challenges:
  1. Increasing the efficiency and resilience of water uses
  2. Monitoring and reducing soil and water pollution
  3. Integrating social and economic dimensions into the sustainable management and governance of water resources

The 2016 Joint Call is funded by 25 funding organisations from 22 countries – with the European Commission participation.

This Call is for collaborative transnational research proposals. Consortia should include a minimum of three eligible partners that request funding from three different participating countries.

Researchers from other countries can also participate at their own costs (commitment needed for being associated to a consortium applying to the 2016 Joint Call).

Planned Timeframe

Opening of the 2016 Joint Call - 16 February 2016

2016 JOINT CALL WEBINAR-VIDEO RECORDING: March 15, 14h30 (CET). Please find the video recording of the webinar at this link:

1st Stage - Deadline for Submission of pre-proposals: 19 April 2016, 17h00 (CEST)
2nd Stage - Deadline for Submission of full proposals: 28 September 2016, 13h00 (CEST)

More Information:

WaterWorks2015 Call Secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Germana Santos and Rui Munhá – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal


1.Call pre-announcement

2.Call Announcement (includes detailed information on the aim and scope of the Joint Call, eligibility criteria, funds, etc…).

3.National/Regional Regulations and National Contact Points (contains detailed information from all Funding Partner Organisations participating in the Call)

4.Pre-Proposal Template (Word) and (PDF)

5.NEW! Electronic submission platform (Full Proposal).

6.NEW! (update on 12/09/2016) User Guidelines for the electronic submission platform (Full Proposal).

7.NEW! Full Proposal Template (Word) and (PDF).

Important Note: Consortium Coordinators can start contacting their Partners to:

1. Collect general budget information (based on the Budget Table available in the online submission platform);
2. Request a ONE-PAGE CV in a PDF format. One Partner – One Principal Investigator – One CV.