AquaticPollutants Joint Transnational Call 2020

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Update 19.10.2020
We would like to inform you that the guidelines for full-proposal submission and new timeline are now available (see bellow).
The Submission platform is also now open. 

Update 08.10.2020
We would like to inform you, that the evaluation of the pre-proposals has now been finished. It is planned to circulate the results of the evaluation and the decision of the Call Steering Committee to the coordinators next week (i.e. October 12th - 16th, 2020).
Further information about the timeline, e.g. deadline for full-proposal submission, will be made available soon.

Update 27.08.2020
We would like to inform you, that due to the high numbers of pre-proposals submitted and summer holiday season across Europe, the evaluation phase needs to be prolonged.
The meeting to decide about which pre-proposals will be invited for full-proposal submission will now take place end of September 2020.
All coordinators will be informed about the outcome afterwards.
Thus, the start of full-proposal submission is postponed to October 2020.

Update 29.07.2020:
A new timeline has now been published.
Please note that this timeline is subject to modification due to the COVID-19 situation.

Update 18.06.2020:
The submission of pre-proposals for the AquaticPollutants Joint Transnational Call has been closed May 18th, 2020. A stunning number of 184 pre-proposals involving 1065 partners were submitted, totalling a sum of 179.5 M€ requested funding.
Due to COVID-19, the timeline of the call needs further adjustments. This is still work in progress.
For further questions please contact the Call secretariat.

Update 16.03.2020: CORONAVIRUS
We like to inform you that due to the Corona/Covid-19 pandemic we will postpone the deadline of pre-proposal submission of the AquaticPollutants Call for Joint Transnational Projects.
The new deadline is 18th May 2020 17:00 CEST.
For further questions please contact the Call secretariat.

The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are pleased to announce a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in the water resources.

The call will support research and innovation projects that establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk-management combining the research areas of contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. The whole water cycle, from the source through the river basins and eventually to the estuaries and oceans, has to be considered. 26 countries are pooling resources of about 24 M€ to implement the joint transnational call for research and innovation projects.

There are still major risks associated with the occurrence of emerging contaminants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in our water bodies and oceans. To face these challenges in a comprehensive way and to develop multidisciplinary and practical solutions for the provision of safe drinking water and healthy aquatic environments, this Joint Transnational Call (JTC) aims to make the research communities in the freshwater, marine and the health sectors work together and create synergies for joint approaches.

Call themes:

The call is divided into 3 themes with several subthemes. Research & innovation proposals are invited to respond to at least one of the following themes:

  1. Measuring – Environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems
  2. Evaluating – Risk assessment and management of CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine) to human health and environment
  3. Taking Actions – Strategies to reduce CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine)

Click here to read the Call Announcement.

Participating countries and organisations

32 Funding organizations from 26 countries

  • List of funding partner organisations and national contact points.
  • List of national/regional regulations.

Call Timeline

  • Call opening: 17th February 2020
  • Deadline pre-proposals: 18th May 2020
  • Invitation to submit full proposals: 19 October 2020 
  • Deadline full proposals: 23 November 2020
  • Funding decision announcement: March 2021
  • Start of projects : Between June 2021 and August 2021
  • Kick Off Meeting of projects: September 2021
  • Project ends: 2024

Support for applicants

Information Webinar for Applicants

12 March 2020, 13 – 14.30, online. Click here for the webinar presentation.

Partnering Tool on AquaticPollutants Submission Platform

On the Online Submission Platform, a specific section is provided where you can search for partners or enter your partnering profile.


Guidelines for pre-proposal submission - Click here

The guidelines for proposal submission will give you helpful advice for submitting your pre- and full proposal. 


NEW! Guidelines for Full-proposal submission - Click here


AquaticPollutants FAQs

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Aquatic Pollutants has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869178-AquaticPollutants

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