Water4All 2022 Joint Transnational Call Pre-Announcement

“Management of water resources: resilience, adaptation and mitigation to hydroclimatic extreme events and management tools”


Water4All 2022 Joint Transnational Call

Thirty-Four Funding Agencies from all over Europe and abroad are pleased to pre-announce a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on:

“Management of water resources: resilience, adaptation and mitigation to hydroclimatic extreme events and management tools”.

The joint transnational call will be launched in the framework of the European partnership Water4All and will support research and innovation projects aimed at delivering knowledge, models, approaches, tools and methodologies to better understand hydrological processes at different scale, in order to respond more efficiently to emerging water issues related to extreme events.
In line with the strategic objectives of Water4All, the results of the projects will contribute to the implementation of evidence-based, global, EU and national water management policies and strategies, within the frameworks of the Green Deal, the Water Framework Directive, Just Transition and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, governance playing a key role in water challenges, the 2022 Joint Transnational Call will seek for innovative governance models, and enhanced participation of stakeholders in water management issues related to extreme events.

This pre-announcement is for the call initially announced in December 2021.

Call Topics:

The call will focus on solutions for hydroclimatic extreme events, as described in the Water4All Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda Theme III “Water for the future: sustainable water management”, as well as address the cross-cutting Theme VII “Governance” and Theme V “Water Infrastructures”. Research & innovation proposals submitted under the Water4All 2022 Joint Transnational Call are required to address at least one of the following topics:

Topic 1. Resilience, adaptation and mitigation to hydroclimatic extreme events

  • Addressing knowledge gaps in our understanding of the causes of water scarcity, drought events, seasonal variability in climate impacts to develop adaptation and mitigation measures, taking climate change into account.
  • Developing and demonstrating innovative (or improved) societally acceptable adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with hydro-climatic extreme events and their increase in length and duration. This includes floods and droughts, although is not limited to them, adopting a regional or a basin scale wide approach.
  • Improving resilience and adaptation capacity of water infrastructure (e.g., industrial water facilities, urban networks, wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater management systems and rural systems) to hydroclimatic extreme events.

Topic 2. Tools for water management - in the context of hydroclimatic extreme events

  • Developing tools (e.g., multi-risk approach, decision support tools, monetary/non- monetary costs valuation) to support the design and implementation of strategies for adaptation and mitigation to hydro-climatic extreme events, especially floods (including “flash-floods”), heat waves and droughts in a catchment to sea perspective.
  • Generating new methodologies, tools and models for water resources assessment/modelling for water bodies in scarcely monitored /data scarce areas. A combination of physical and digital solutions is expected, and opportunities provided by citizen science should be seized.
  • “Smartening the water system” and use of innovative digitalization, including improved/new sensors, models, communications and computing technologies.

Topic 3. Improved water governance in the context hydroclimatic extreme events and international contexts

  • Undertaking an analysis and developing robust Governance models for the management of water resources in the context of extreme events, is critical increasing the decision-making capacity of institutions and involvement of citizens. This should include ways of improving coordination between water managers to increase our capacity to reduce vulnerability to extreme events, as well as effectively respond to them.
  • Addressing and encouraging international cooperation in the field of water, including management of transboundary water resources and contribution to Water Diplomacy.

Please note that it is not compulsory to address all subtopics within a topic in the proposals.

Duration of the project

The international RD&I projects duration should be 36 months.


Over 30 M€ have been provisionally allocated for this Joint Transnational Call by the participating Funding Partner Organisations, including support from the European Union.

Call publication and tentative timeline: 

The call should open on 1st September 2022.

  • Call Opening: 1st September 2022
  • Submission Deadline of Pre-proposal: 31st October 2022
  • Selection of Pre-proposals: 10th January 2023
  • Submission Deadline of Full-proposals: 20th March 2023
  • Selection of Proposals: 6th June 2023
  • Projects kick off / Start: Autumn 2023


Participating countries and funding organisations

The following funding organisations have agreed to participate in the Water4All joint transnational call 2022*:

austria.png Austria Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung - FWF


Belgium Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen - VLAIO
Fonds Voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek-Vlaanderen – FWO
Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique - F.R.S.-FNRS



Brazilian National Council of State Funding Agencies – CONFAP

Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq
RC.png Czech Republic Technology Agency of the Czech Republic - TA CR
denmark.png Denmark Innovation Fund Denmark – IFD
estonia.png Estonia Sihtasutus Eesti Teadusagentuur – ETAg
france.png France Agence Nationale de la Recherche – ANR
germany.png Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research – BMBF
hungary.png Hungary Nemzeti Kutatási, Fejlesztési és Innovációs Hivatal – NKFIH
ireland.png Ireland Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland – EPA
israel.png Israel Ministry of Energy – MoE
italia.png Italy Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca – MUR
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – MISE
latvia.png Latvia Latvijas Zinatnes padome – LZP
lituania.png Lithuania Lietuvos mokslo taryba - LMT
luxembourg.png Luxembourg Luxembourg National Research Fund – FNR
malta.png Malta Ministry for Environment, Energy and Enterprise – MEEE
moldavia.png Moldova National Agency for Research and Development – NARD
netherlands.png Netherlands Dutch Research Council - NWO
norway.png Norway Research Council of Norway – RCN
poland.png Poland Narodowe Centrum Badań i Rozwoju – NCBR
portugal.png Portugal Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia - FCT
romania.png Romania The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding – UEFISCDI
slovakia.png Slovakia Slovak Academy of Sciences – SAS
southafrica.png South Africa Water Research Commission - WRC
spain1.png Spain Agencia Estatal de Investigación – AEI
Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology - CDTI
sweden.png Sweden The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning – FORMAS
switzerland.png Switzerland Swiss National Science Foundation – SNSF
turkey.png Turkey Turkiye Bilimsel Ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu – TUBITAK
Unitedkingdom.png United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - EPSRC UKRI

* Participating countries and funding agencies will be confirmed at the launch of the call.

The participation of applicants from other countries is allowed, if they have their own separate source of funding or if funds by another source are guaranteed (i.e., by a national or international funding organisation).

Main information  regarding the Consortium composition*:

*The following principles are provided for information purposes, only the detailed criteria published in the final call announcement are binding.
  • Each consortium must be composed of at least three independent eligible partners from three different countries requesting funding from participating Funding Partner Organisations.
  • In addition to the abovementioned condition, the projects must involve at least two independent legal entities from two different EU Member States or Horizon Europe associated countries as recipients of the financial support.
  • The upper limit of eligible project partners per consortium is seven (including one self-funded partner, if any).
  • No more than one self-funded project partner per consortium is allowed.
  • Each application must be submitted by a Consortium Coordinator who must be eligible for funding by a Funding Partner Organisation of this call.
  • The Principal Investigator of the entity acting as Consortium Coordinator can only participate in one proposal (i.e. if the principal investigator is the Consortium Coordinator of a proposal, he/she cannot participate in any other proposal, neither as a Consortium Coordinator nor as a partner).
  • The composition of the Consortium might be limited by some national/regional regulations.

Eligibility criteria

Each consortium participant will be funded by the Funding Organisation from its country/region participating in this joint transnational call. Participants are therefore subject to the eligibility criteria of national/regional funding organisations.
Each proposal must respect the general international and national/regional eligibility criteria.
The detailed lists of eligibility and evaluation criteria will be published in the Water4All Call Announcement document at the official launch of the call in September 2022.

For more information, please contact:

Water4All Call Secretariat
Aldo Covello, Maria Bianco
MUR - Ministry of Universities and Research
DG for internationalization and communication

About Water4All Partnership

The Water4All partnership is starting in 2022 under the auspices of the European Union Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation, to concentrate research and innovation on water in Europe and beyond. Water4All’s Vision is to “boost the systemic transformations and changes across the entire research – water innovation pipeline, fostering the matchmaking between problem owners and solution providers for ensuring water security for all in the long term”.

To strengthen the water Research Development and Innovation (RD&I) collaboration, to produce and to share top class water-related knowledge and data, Water4All will launch a series of annual Joint Transnational Calls (JTCs). The topics for the calls will be drawn from the water challenges identified in the Water4All Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and will pool national financial resources through the participation of ministries, authorities and funding organisations.

To know more about the partnership click here



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