ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants Thematic Annual Programming (TAP) starts in January 2022

The ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants Thematic Annual Programming (TAP) Action will run for 24 months, from January 2022 to December 2024. The goal of the TAP Action is to help broaden and/or transfer knowledge on the characterization and transformation of physical, chemical or biological contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and methodologies and strategies to remediate and reduce these contaminants in aquatic ecosystems, by creating a network of national projects.

This network will also allow further alignment between the individual projects, lead to a greater impact at the European level, addressing research gaps and avoiding duplication across Europe and beyond.


The general theme of the AquaticPollutants TAP Action has been defined as “Measuring of inputs and taking actions to reduce CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in the aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine)”.

This theme aims at reducing the effects of CECs, including chemicals, pathogens, antimicrobial resistant bacteria and (micro)plastics in the aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine) and subsequent impacts on human, animal, plants and ecosystems.

Following the priorities identified in the Strategic and Research Innovation Agendas (SRIAs) of the three participating JPIs on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance, the theme of the AquaticPollutants TAP Action focuses in particular on multidisciplinary approaches to:

  • the development of methodologies and strategies to remediate and reduce CECs (at the sources, on their pathways and end-of-pipe), including their environmental effects on water, soil, sediment and sludge and subsequently their effects on living organisms, ecosystems and human and animal health;
  • the determination and modelling of the contribution of existing wastewater and excreta treatment technologies to the emergence and spread of AMR in aquatic ecosystems;
  • the characterization of the exposome (including cocktail of contaminants, individual and collective behaviour and interactions between stresses of different natures);
  • the evaluation of governance tools for new risk linked to contamination taking into account the reactions of public communities;
  • the impact of CECs occurrence and AMR on the ecosystem services at the level of the catchment, and into the river basin management planning.

Funding Agencies

The countries who confirmed their participation in this TAP action are:

  • Czech Republic, CZ (represented by TA CR)
  • France, FR (represented by ANR)
  • Ireland, IE (represented by EPA)
  • Spain, ES (represented by AEI)
  • Sweden, SE (represented by SRC).

This list is subjected to modification until July 2022.

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