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Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


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The Coordination and Support Action IC4WATER was launched in January 2017 in support of the Water JPI, and is funded by the European Commission under H2020. IC4WATER aims to implement Joint Activities in a dedicated effort to reinforce international cooperation in the area of water challenges, and to further support the implementation and the strategy of the Water JPI.

IC4WATER focuses in particular on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) related to water challenges for implementing the Water JPI Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0). It will be implemented through a Joint Call for transnational collaborative projects on research and innovation to support the implementation of water policies. IC4WATER aims to develop new governance and knowledge management approaches by:

  • Developing new approaches and tools for water management aimed at setting up innovative alternatives suitable for decision-making.
  • Envisaging education and communication initiatives to raise social awareness of consumption habits and water scarcity and to increase the levels of social acceptance and use of recycled water.

IC4WATER will benefit researchers, policy-makers, water authorities, utility operators, industry and citizens by developing research and innovation in the water area.

Scope of the 2017 Joint Transnational Call funded under IC4WATER

Proposals are invited on the topic “Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, organised around two challenges:

  1. Multiple pressure effects on ecosystems and ecosystem services as well as effective mitigation – adaptation tools and assessments for implementing the water related targets of the UN SDGs.
  2. Developing accessible solutions for clean water management to address UN SDG6 targets and associated SDGs.

The Water JPI 2017 Joint Call will be funded by 12 Funding Partner Organisations from 12 countries.

View the list of participating countries.

This Call is for collaborative transnational research proposals. Consortia should include a minimum of 3 partners from 3 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 Water JPI 2017 Joint Call).

Planned Timeframe

Opening of the 2017 Joint Call - 11 October 2017

Webinair for applicants - 17 November 2017 - more information coming soon!

1st stage – Deadline for submission of pre-proposals:  11 December 2017, 17h00 (CET)
2nd stage – Deadline for submission of full proposals: 27 June 2018, 17h00 (CEST)

More information

IC4WATER Call Secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Johannes Holmen - Research Council of Norway


  1. Call pre-announcement
  2. Call announcement (includes detailed information on the aim and scope of the Joint Call, eligibility criteria, funds…)
  3. National/Regional regulations (contains detailed information from all Funding Partner Organisations participating in the Call)
  4. Pre-Proposal template (word)
  5. Budget table template
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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.
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