Water JPI TAP Action

Thematic annual programming (alignment of new national projects)

The Thematic Annual Programming action (TAP) is a network of national projects focussed on specific RDI needs. This cluster will allow coordination between the individual projects, lead to a greater impact at the European level and create critical mass, addressing research gaps and avoiding duplication. Activities will include annual working meetings which will allow exchange on approaches, methods, data.


First TAP Action

The Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) subtheme 1.1. “Developing Approaches for Assessing and Optimising the Value of Ecosystem Services” is the topic of the first Water JPI TAP action. This first Water JPI TAP action will run for 24 months, i.e. from April 2019 until April 2021.The national research funding agencies participating in this action will be announced in February 2018 and listed on this webpage.

Read more on the SRIA Theme 1


Many of the world's ecosystems have undergone significant degradation with negative impacts on biological diversity and people’s livelihoods. There is a growing realization that we will not be able to conserve the earth's biological diversity and meet the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through the protection of critical areas alone. When applicable, ecosystem restoration in terrestrial, freshwater as well marine environments should be an important component of conservation and sustainable development programmes so that the livelihoods of people depending on these degraded ecosystems can be sustained. For instance, efforts and Research, Development & Innovation (RDI) actions are currently needed at the European level to ensure the protection and/or restoration of water bodies and ecosystems and their biodiversity whilst meeting the socio-economic, political and cultural needs of current and future generations. Further, one of the four priorities of the recent European Union (EU) Action Plan for nature, people and the economy is to improve guidance and knowledge in order to reach broader socio-economic objectives. In this context, relevant research for guiding the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems and their biodiversity is required to support a relatively wide range of European policy initiatives including the 7th Environment Action Programme (EAP); the EU Biodiversity Strategy; the Water Framework Directive; and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, the EU Nature Directives and the EU Floods Directive. Such research will also support Europe’s endeavours to implement the UN SDGs, especially SDG 6 “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”, SDG 14 “Life below water”, and SDG 15 “Life on land”.

The proposed research should aim at providing a better understanding and assessment of ecosystem services and could include research on the ecological functioning of aquatic (surface, transitional and coastal water), riparian (located along the banks of rivers, streams, or any other water bodies) and groundwater ecosystems. The proposed research should cover one (or several) of the research needs, listed below:
Developing approaches for assessing the ecological functioning of ecosystems;

  • Developing and testing methodologies for the valuation of ecosystem services;
  • Establishing multiple pressure impact-response relationships in aquatic, riparian and groundwater dependent ecosystems;
  • Integrating ecosystem services into management of water resources; and
  • Adapting and integrating our water/ecosystem management, planning and governance systems with better environmental data and information.

Research must be undertaken in cooperation and coordination with the Water JPI TAP action. Projects should foresee 7-10% of the total budget to be allocated to these networking activities.

The Water JPI TAP action will be implemented based on the following steps:

Step 1:
Promoting that participating national research funding agencies will publish in their national research calls the same call text on “Developing Approaches for Assessing and Optimising the Value of Ecosystem Services”. Participating national research funding agencies will then select projects on this area according to their national criteria.
Participating national research funding agencies, which do not have a dedicated water research calls, will identify projects awarded from their most recent national calls, which are relevant to the research area “Developing Approaches for Assessing and Optimising the Value of Ecosystem Services”.

Step 2:
The national funded projects will be invited to join an international cluster (Water TAP Cluster) organised by the Water JPI. Coordinators of these national funded projects will have to participate in annual working meetings to exchange on approaches, methods, data (exchange) and results. This will allow coordination between the individual projects and should lead to a greater impact at the European level as well as to create critical mass, addressing research gaps and avoiding duplication.

Expected outputs
The expected outputs of the Water JPI TAP action include (but are not limited to):

  • Creation of a leveraging network which would not necessarily exist without this action – Increasing synergies of national-funded projects;
  • Fostering coordination and sharing of results;
  • Fostering mobility and sharing of infrastructure;
  • Providing input in the update of the SRIA;
  • Preparing policy briefs, Joint scientific publications, Joint synthesis on the topic harmonisation of protocols, working seminars outputs;
  • Facilitating mutual learning;
  • Developing cohesive methodologies;
  • Developing Interoperable databases;
  • Developing common practices / methodology;
  • Presenting at Water JPI events;
  • Carrying-out foresight exercises (participating in events, workshops...);
  • Leading to new research projects; and
  • Carrying-out comparative studies (methodologies, protocols, comparison between regions/countries).


The added-value includes developing synergies, international cooperation and coordination between the individual projects and this should lead to a greater impact at the European level as well as to creating critical mass, addressing research gaps and avoiding duplication. 

Updating the Water JPI SRIA

We are currently updating the Water JPI Strategic Research and innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0) and we need your input. To submit your proposed Research and Development Needs/Gaps to the SRIA, please complete the Online Template available here

For background information:

WWater JPI SRIA 2.0ater JPI SRIA 2.0

This publication sets out specific RDI priorities or areas where RDI measures are highly recommended within five main themes. It will be implemented during the period 2016-2019.


An introduction Water JPI SRIA

An Introduction to the Water JPI SRIA

Short version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
Read more about the identified research priorities for the future.


Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

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



Open Data & Open Access
Water JPI Interface

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