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Grants for Collaborative Projects, including Research, innovation close to market, Coordination and Support Actions, and other new schemes (i.e. prizes, innovative public procurement, etc…) oriented to Political Priorities and Challenges of the Europe 2020 Strategy.

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  GRANTS FOR WATER INNOVATION: BOOSTING ITS VALUE FOR EUROPE
WATER-1a-2014 First application and market replication CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: One of the main factors hampering the market uptake of innovative solutions in the field of water is the lack of real scale demonstration of their long term viability. In addition, highly promising and sustainable eco-innovative...
WATER-1b-2015 Demonstration/pilot activities CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: One of the main factors hampering the market uptake of innovative solutions in the field of water is the lack of real scale demonstration of their long term viability. In addition, highly promising and sustainable eco-innovative...
WATER-2a-2014 Water cycle under future climate CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The rising demands of a growing world population for food, water, materials and energy will put increasing pressures on land use, water resources and ecosystems. Increased energy use leads to increased demands for cooling water...
WATER-2b-2015 Integrated approaches to food security, low-carbon energy, sustainable water management and climate change mitigation CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: The rising demands of a growing world population for food, water, materials and energy will put increasing pressures on land use, water resources and ecosystems. Increased energy use leads to increased demands for cooling water...
WATER-3-2014 Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Water-related research and innovation is fragmented at EU level and dispersed at national level in several ministries, universities, agencies, regional governments and programmes. To be more effective and increase the added value...
WATER-3-2015 Stepping up EU research and innovation cooperation in the water area CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Water-related research and innovation is fragmented at EU level and dispersed at national level in several ministries, universities, agencies, regional governments and programmes. To be more effective and increase the added value...
WATER-4a-2014 Dissemination and exploitation, ICT, knowledge, gaps, research needs, etc CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Effective use and market exploitation of water research results is often limited by the lack of adequate knowledge exchange practices and mechanisms. The same applies for research that gives answers to policy implementation, like...
WATER-4b-2015 Water management solutions for agricultural sector, thematic networks CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Effective use and market exploitation of water research results is often limited by the lack of adequate knowledge exchange practices and mechanisms. The same applies for research that gives answers to policy implementation, like...
WATER-5a-2014 Strategic cooperation partnerships CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Sustainable water supply and sanitation is fundamental to the food security, health, survival, societal well-being and economic growth in developing countries, especially in Africa. Developing countries are also particularly vulnerable...
WATER-5b-2015 A coordination platform CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Sustainable water supply and sanitation is fundamental to the food security, health, survival, societal well-being and economic growth in developing countries, especially in Africa. Developing countries are also particularly vulnerable...
WATER-5c-2015 Development of water supply and sanitation technology, systems and tools, and/or methodologies CALL CLOSED
Specific challenge: Sustainable water supply and sanitation is fundamental to the food security, health, survival, societal well-being and economic growth in developing countries, especially in Africa. Developing countries are also particularly vulnerable...
Water is an invaluable resource for human health, food security, sustainable development and the environment, and is an economic sector of growing importance for Europe. However, water resources are constantly under pressure from climate change, urbanisation, pollution, overexploitation of freshwater resources and increasing competition between various user groups. Improvement of the state of water resources, both in terms of quantity and quality, will trigger substantial economic benefits. The objective of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) – to achieve good status by 2015 – will be met only in around half of the European waters, making major additional action necessary.

The aim of this challenge is to seize these new and significant market opportunities by positioning Europe as a global market leader in water related innovative solutions.

The world market for drinking and waste water reached EUR 250 billion in 2008, with corresponding investments of more than EUR 33 billion per annum. Pollution of water from run-off alone (predominantly of agricultural origin) was estimated in 2011 to cost the EU EUR 30 billion per annum. The market for technologies to adapt to climate change – such as protecting from floods and droughts – is rapidly growing, considering that the cost of repairing damages is estimated to be about 6 times higher than the cost of adaptation.

There is significant potential to boost the competitiveness and growth of the European water sector, which includes 9.000 active SMEs and provides 600.000 direct jobs in water utilities alone. A 1% increase of the rate of growth of the water industry in Europe may result in 10.000 to 20.000 new jobs, while synergies with other sectors may generate even larger returns (some estimates indicate that the application of ICT in water management and monitoring could produce growth of 30% per year).

Activities in this call address: integrated approaches to water and climate change adaptation and mitigation; bringing innovative water solutions to the market; and harnessing water research and innovation results for the benefit of industry, policy makers and citizens in Europe and globally.

This call is expected to contribute to several policy objectives including those set out in the Europe 2020 Resource-efficient Europe Roadmap for water: impacts of droughts and floods should be minimised; alternative water supply options are only relied upon when all water saving and water efficiency measure are taken and other options exhausted; water extraction should remain below 20% of available renewable water resources. Specific actions respond to relevant needs identified in the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) 'Water' and its priority areas for action as described in the Strategic Implementation Plan and to research gaps identified through the WFD Common Implementation Strategy/Science-Policy activity (CIS-SPI) as well as through relevant European Technology Platforms.
The innovation actions in this call are expected to offer particular opportunities to SMEs, social enterprises and other organisations.
All activities under Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' should as far as possible use data resulting from or made available through different initiatives of the European Commission. In particular, the utilisation of GEOSS (Global Earth Observation System of Systems) and Copernicus (the European Earth Observation Programme) data, products and information should be privileged. Likewise, in line with EU cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), activities should use ESA Earth Science data, as far as possible. The data, both from ESA missions or third party missions, are for the vast majority of cases available for free web download (further details for ESA missions and Third Party Missions are available at http://eopi.esa.int).

The projects funded under Societal Challenge 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials', call ' Water Innovation: Boosting its value for Europe', of the Work Programme 2014-15, with the exception of topic WATER-4b-2015, will participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 in line with the Commission's Open Access to research data policy for facilitating access, re-use and preservation of research data. Projects have the possibility to opt out of the Pilot. A related new element in Horizon 2020 is the use of Data Management Plans (DMPs), detailing what data the project will generate, whether and how it will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved. The use of a Data Management Plan is required for projects participating in the Open Research Data Pilot. Other projects are invited to submit a Data Management Plan if relevant for their planned research. Further guidance on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available on the Participant Portal. The projects funded under topic WATER-4b-2015 of this call may participate in the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 on a voluntary basis.

Beneficiaries in projects participating in the Pilot on Open Research Data shall adhere to the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and undertake to register in GEOSS all geospatial data, metadata and information generated as foreground of the project. Further information on the GEOSS Data Sharing Principles and GEOSS Register can be found here: http://geossregistries.info/index.html

Other topics contributing to the objectives of this call in other parts of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme include:
- NMP 15 - 2015: Materials innovations for the optimisation of cooling in power plants
- NMP 24 - 2015: Low-energy solutions for drinking water production
- INFRAIA 1-2014/2015: Integrating and opening existing national and regional research infrastructures of European interest (research infrastructures for hydrological/hydrobiological research; research infrastructures for long-term
ecosystem and socio-ecological research; research infrastructures for environmental hydraulic research)
- SFS 2 - 2014/2015: Sustainable crop production
- SFS 8 - 2014/2015: Resource-efficient eco-innovative food production and processing
- SFS 11 - 2014/2015: Implementation of an Ecosystem-based approach for European aquaculture
- ISIB 4 - 2014/2015: Improved data and management models for sustainable forestry
- ISIB 5 - 2014: Renewable oil crops as a source of bio-based products.