Proposals should aim to create a framework and permanent dialogue to encourage the opening in a structured and strategic manner of the Water JPI to international cooperation with key international water research and innovation programmes and funding and investment institutions. Proposals should also investigate activities to align with and support the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, in particular the Sustainable Development Goal on water and its impact on other goals, such as nutrition, education, health, etc. Flagship actions for possible joint funding between the members of the JPI Water, international cooperation partners and international programmes of strategic importance for the EU should be identified and prepared for.
This action should also organise and develop the knowledge base required to address water challenges and EU policy priorities within a global perspective. This can be accomplished through access to an integrated analysis of research results and recommendations arising from national and EU funded research and innovation projects in the area of water research and innovation. The ultimate result would be more efficient knowledge transfer, wider dissemination and take-up of research findings both in terms of policy and innovation. In addition, it would strengthen links with relevant water sectors and the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform.
The Commission considers that proposals with a duration of five years requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
The outreach and opening of the Water JPI to third country partners is increasingly raising interest among the latter. Building on this momentum, the challenge is to further enhance the opening of the Water JPI to international cooperation and thus contribute to creating a coherent European Research Area that is open to international cooperation in the area of water – a global research and innovation challenge par excellence. In addition, it is foreseen that this topic would consolidate the alignment of national, EU and international water research and innovation programmes, which is one of the key objectives of Joint Programming Initiatives. Finally, there is a need to support the post-2015 global goal for water, building on related international activities taking place at United Nations level.
Projects are expected to contribute to:
- increasing the scale and ambition of water research and innovation activities beyond the level that would otherwise be sustainable, increasing the overall coherence and efficiency of the use of European resources and valorising European know-how on water solutions at global level in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda;
- making the Water JPI, in collaboration with the European Commission, a privileged and attractive partner for global cooperation in research and innovation, notably in the context of the Belmont Forum;
- a strengthened role of the Water JPI for underpinning knowledge and evidence for supporting the implementation of related EU policies and for fostering the EU's position in global water-related negotiations and fora.