On 15 of January 2016, the Water Joint Programming Initiative ( Water JPI) and the Agriculture Food Security and Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative (FACCE JPI) published a pre-announcement of the upcoming call for multi-national collaborative research projects. The topics of the call are the following and applicants must address at least one of them: Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors by:
- Increasing the efficiency and resilience of water uses;
- Monitoring and reducing soil and water pollution;
- Integrating social and economic dimensions into the sustainable management and governance of water resources.
The indicative total available budget amounts to 26M€, subject to the successful negotiation of the WaterWorks2015 ERA-NET Cofund with the European Commission. The call is expected to open on 16.02.2016 with a closing date for pre-proposals on 19.04.2016. A two-step application procedure will be used in this call. Proposals (in English language) must be submitted electronically. All proposals are expected to apply research and innovation to develop new concepts, to assess risks, to attain cost effectiveness and to improve quality of life, thus contributing to tackling European water challenges.
Consortia have to comprise minimum of 3 partners (higher education institutions, public research institutions and private companies and organisations, including for non-profit) from three participating countries. The funding of participating researchers will be provided according to the project funding conditions of their respective funding organisations. Researchers from i) Water JPI partner countries not funding this call, ii) Water JPI observer countries, or iii) third countries, can participate in the consortia at their own expense.
For more detailed information, please have a look at the announcement.