Water4All European Partnership Joint Transnational Call on Aquatic Ecosystem Services Now Open

The second joint call from the Water4All European co-funded partnership is now open and has an information webinar taking place in early October.

The European Partnership Water Security for the Planet (Water4All) is a co-funded partnership under Horizon Europe. The Partnership’s second joint transnational call for research and innovation projects focuses on the general theme of ‘Ecosystem Services’, with aquatic ecosystems as the focus, including inland surface water, groundwater, transitional and coastal water and having water security on top of the objectives.

Research and innovation proposals submitted under the Water4All 2023 Joint Transnational Call are required to address at least one of the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Mapping, monitoring, and assessment for a better understanding of ecosystem services in a context of changes, from local to global change.Topic 2: Understanding and predicting multiple pressures (including anthropogenic pressures) – impact – response relationships in ecosystem services through advanced methods and techniques.
  • Topic 3: New tools and solutions for a better integration of ecosystem services into the management of water resources.

In addition, the call will include two additional modalities aimed at:

  • Early Career Researchers holding a PhD since less than 10 years ago.
  • Expressions of interest to participate in a Knowledge Hub, formed by a group of experts of Water4All funded projects and aimed at synthesising and communicating research results of funded projects to the water community (policy, end-users and the public) with various tools (workshops, policy briefs, state-of-the-art reports, position papers, etc).

To be eligible, each consortium must be composed of at least three eligible partners that request funding from participating funding partner organisations from three different countries participating in the call. Projects must involve at least two independent legal entities from two different EU Member States or Horizon Europe associated countries as recipients of the financial support. The upper limit of eligible project partners per consortium is seven (including one self-funded partner, if any).

A global budget of approximately €34 million has been provisionally reserved for the call. The following countries have agreed to participate:

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye and United Kingdom.

Eligibility requirements, national/regional topics of interest, eligible costs and funding provisions may vary according to the respective funding organisation’s regulations. Project partners must therefore refer and adhere to their own regional/national regulations and scientific remits, as detailed in the relevant regional/national announcements.

The call follows a two-step application procedure, with a closing date for mandatory pre-proposals of 13 November 2023 (15:00 CET).

An Information Webinar on the ‘Aquatic Ecosystem Services’ call will be held on 5 October 2023.

(This report was the subject of a RESEARCHconnect Newsflash.)