JPI “Water challenges for a changing world”

JPI Water is one of the altogether 10 Joint Programming Initiatives, launched in December 2011.[1]

JPIs were launched via European Council conclusions in 2009. They are inter-governmental collaborations meant to tackle major societal challenges unable to be addressed by individual countries and in doing so contribute to the development of the European Research Area. Member States and Associated Countries participate in joint initiatives on a voluntary basis in order to increase the value of relevant national and European R&D funding through joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes.

The aim of JPI Water is to tackle the challenge of “achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad,” by dealing with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge. Europe invests an estimated amount of 500 million € per year to fund public research and innovation activities in water. While European countries invest 370 million €, the European Commission invests 130 million €.

JPI Water’s main objectives are:

  • Providing and steering research and innovation in the water sector
  • Reaching effective, sustainable coordination of European water RDI
  • Harmonising national water RDI agendas and activities in partner countries
  • Promoting interactions and networking between different communities (researchers, enterprises, policy-makers, civily society, etc.)
  • Supporting European leadership in science and technology

JPI Water has a membership of twenty partner countries and four observers, resulting in a partnership that accounts for 88 per cent of all European public RDI annual expenditure on water issues. One of the main key achieve­ments of the Water JPI is the high level of partner involvement in implementing joint transnational calls, which were implemented in close cooperation with key water stakeholders. Besides consultations, round-table discussions, workshops and national mirror groups, Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda was prepared and presented during the Water JPI conference held in Rome on 19th May 2016.


JPI Water has been implemented through:

  • CSA WatEUr funded by the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
  • the ERA-NET Co-Fund WaterWorks 2014[2]
  • the ERA-NET Co-Fund WaterWorks 2015[3] carried out within the frame of the European Programme Horizon 2020.
  • CSA IC4WATER[4] (launched on the 17th January 2017,) is dedicated to the development of international cooperation in the Water area.

JPI Water will implement its activities focused on alignment of research and innovation agendas at European and international level until 2021.


[1] In the first wave of JPIs, 4 were established, whilst in the second wave 10.

[2] In the WW 2014 Call (14 million € available budget)  there were 15 participating countries, 118 proposals submitted and 16 projects funded.

[3] In the WW 2016 Call (25.5 million € available budget) there were 22 participating countries with 198 proposals submitted.