Aquatic Pollutants Joint Transnational Call 2020 Now Launched

The ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants has launched its 2020 Joint Transnational Call ‘Risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in water resources’.

The call will support research and innovation projects that establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk-management combining the research areas of contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. The whole water cycle, from the source through the river basins and eventually to the estuaries and oceans, is to be considered.

Consortia including eligible research partners from a minimum of three different participating EU Member States or H2020 Associated countries are invited to submit research proposals on the following three themes:

1. Measuring – Environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems

2. Evaluating – Risk assessment and management of CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine) to human health and environment

3. Taking Actions – Strategies to reduce CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine)

The eligible participating countries are: Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland (UK), Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey.

The following Third countries and other countries are also participating in the call: Brazil, Greece, Latvia, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan. It should be noted that Greece (GSRT) and Latvia (IZM) are counted as ‘other countries’ in this call as they are participating using structural funds. Sweden (Sida) is counted as ‘other countries’ due to formal criteria.

A budget of approximately €22.6 million (co-funded by European Commission) is available.

The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is 16 April 2020.

An Information Webinar for applicants will take place online on 12 March 2020 (13:00 –14.30). Registration is now open.

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