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