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Cofunded by the European Union

Pillar B aims at developing knowledge and innovation capacity to address the water challenges identified in the Water4All strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA), by aligning and leveraging national programmes to overcome the current fragmentation. The SRIA is the strategic backbone of Water4All for launching joint activities contributing, in the long term, to the achievements of the objectives set by UN Water’s definition for water security and in the SDGs related to water. It lays out key research and innovation topics that should be addressed by the partnership in the following years to address the big challenge of water for all.

The above mentioned objectives will be achieved by pooling together financial resources from the participating national and regional research and innovation funding programmes towards the definition and implementation of co-funded transnational and multi-disciplinary calls for research and innovation proposals. The activities will include a number of actions that will be identified and launched depending on the needs identified by the partnering funders and their funding capacity:

  • Joint Transnational Calls for Research and Innovation projects
  • Thematic Annual Programming (TAP) actions
  • Calls for interest for researchers to participate in Knowledge Hubs
  • Calls targeted to specific performers groups or activities, such as Young Researchers Calls

The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the Planet - is a funding programme for scientific research in freshwater. It aims to tackle water challenges to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

It is co-funded by the European Union within the frame of the Horizon Europe programme (a key funding programme for research and innovation). The Partnership duration is for seven years from 2022.

The Water4All objective is to enable water security at a large scale and in the long term. Its goal is also to tackle water issues in a holistic frame. 

All forms of life on earth need water. All human activities operate with this resource. Water is part of our everyday life. It is also integrated within urban and countryside landscapes. It is one of the most valuable elements we share with plants and animals.

These simple facts must be kept in mind to understand the Water4All ambition.

This resource is weakened in many places due to climate changes, and human habits. We know that we can improve the way we use water. Everyone has a role to play and especially the scientific research community.

Scientific research is the heart of the Partnership as It is a powerful tool to improve knowledge on preserving, restoring, and managing this essential resource. 

International cooperation is also needed as water has no borders on Earth and runs from one country to another.

Water4All brings together a broad and cohesive group of 81 partners from 31 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.