Welcome to the website of the JPI on “Water challenges for a changing world” aiming to tackle the ambitious grand challenge of “Achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad”. Water is vital and essential for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Better results and optimization of public funds are obtained through the alignment of water research agendas and programmes at European and international level.

The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2.0
The WATER JPI SRIA version 2.0 lays out research, innovation and development needs in the water sector grouped by thematic areas and priorities selected after a stakeholders’ consultation for their scientific and societal importance and structured around these five core themes: Improving Ecosystem Sustainability and Human Well-being; Developing Safe Water Systems for the Citizens; Promoting Competitiveness in the Water Industry; Implementing a Water-Wise Bio-Based Economy; Closing the Water Cycle Gap Improving Sustainable Water Resources Management. It will be implemented during the period 2016-2019. 

Download the short version: Introduction to the SRIA

The SRIA was presented during the Water JPI conference held in Rome on 19 th May 2016. The event video is available here.

2016 Water JPI Exploratory Workshop

The Water JPI held its first Exploratory Workshop on the 14th November 2016 in Dublin. The workshop was focussed on the Water JPI Strategic & Research innovation Agenda Theme 5 - Closing the Water Cycle Gap - Improving sustainable water resource management. There were 62 attendees during the event.

The objectives of the 2016 Exploratory Workshop were to:

  • Gather relevant experts in the topic, which will present and discuss their findings to other experts and stakeholders (end-users, policy makers and industry)
  • Identify Knowledge Gaps and RDI Needs in that area (Emerging needs / Flexible Fiches)
  • Further elaborate the SRIA RDI Needs.

More information

The Coordinating and Supporting Action on “Tackling Water Challenges in the International Context” - CSA IC4WATER - was awarded and granted by the European Commission in June 2016. CSA IC4WATER will aim to further enhance the opening of the Water JPI and thus contribute to creating a coherent European Research Area (ERA) that is open to international cooperation in the area of water – a global research and innovation challenge par excellence. This would result in i) better addressing global challenges, such as water supply security or sanitation; ii) promoting and better implementing the corresponding water policy objectives and global sustainable development agenda. The action is pooling resources from 19 partners in total, including 18 participating research programme owners / managers of 17 European countries, and the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform (WssTP). Among other activities, a Transnational Call on UN SDGs will be launched next year in the frame of the action.

A total of 16 transnational collaborative research projects presented on the call theme “Research and Innovation for Developing Technological Solutions and Services for Water Systems” were selected for funding by the Call Steering Committee: ACWAPUR, Biorg4WasteWaterVal+, DESERT, DOMINO, IMDROFLOOD, INXCES, IRIDA, MEPROWARE, MUFFIN, Pioneer_STP, PROGNOS, SIM, STEEP STREAMS, TH.E.R.BIO.R, watintech, WE-NEED.

The Kick-off meeting of the projects was held in Rome on 18 May 2016.

Online booklet on funded projects


The seven Pilot Call projects

The projects FRAME, MOTREM, PROMOTE, METAWATER, PERSIST, StARE, TRACE on “Emerging water contaminants – anthropogenic pollutants and pathogens” are funded for their scientific quality, the competence of the researchers involved, their societal impact.

More information


Water JPI key achievements 2011-2016

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

Read more

Project database & Open Data JPI Interface

Project database
Open Data JPI Interface

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.
Task Force on Interactions with Horizon 2020

Events - Calendar

December 2016
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1
Pul WaterJPI Pul WaterWorks2014
Pul WatEUr Pul WaterWorks2015
Pul GeneralEvents  
logo youtubeTwitterFacebookFacebook