The ERA-NET Cofund project WaterWorks2014 was launched in January 2015, implementing the Water Joint Programming Initiative’s strategy. WaterWorks2014 is supported by the European Commission in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme during 2015–2020. 23 research funding organisations or ministries from 19 European countries participate in the project.
The aim of WaterWorks2014 is to take on the Europe-wide water related challenges by developing multidisciplinary research and innovation initiatives, such as funding calls across borders. Additionally, the project aims to harmonise the research strategies of the European water sector through merging and cutting out overlapping activities. The WaterWorks2014 project benefits research, decision-makers, water administration, industry, agricultural producers and citizens alike by developing new applications in the water sector.
On 2 March 2015, the WaterWorks2014 partners opened a call with the theme “Research and Innovation for Developing Technological Solutions and Services” that concentrates on:
- Water Treatment, Reuse, Recycling and Desalination
- Water Resources Management
- Mitigate Impacts of Extreme Events (Floods and Droughts) at Catchment Scale.
The call was funded by 17 Water JPI member organisations from 15 countries. Finland (Academy of Finland) did not co-fund the call. A total of 16 projects were funded.
The Academy of Finland participates in other aspects of the WaterWorks2014 project, including developing the Water JPIs internal research agenda (SRIA), strategic workshops and the mid-term and final reviews of the Water JPI pilot call 2013. The mid-term review meeting was held on 1 December 2016 in Vienna and the final review meeting on 4 June 2018 in Helsinki, in connection with the Water JPI conference.
- Harri Hautala, Science Adviser, tel. +358 295 335 019, firstname.lastname(at)aka.fi