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Cofunded by the European Union

Pillar C’s work will result in:

  • Enhanced systemic innovation transfer to economic sectors by bringing together solution providers and problem owners.
  • Developing new approaches for accelerating the uptake of project outputs by the policy community and economic sectors.
  • A more effective development of innovative start-ups and SMEs in the water sector.
  • Increased capacity building of the water research and innovation community by the implementation of PhD schemes, mobility programmes and vocational training.
  • The development of a solid framework for data and information sharing, including the provision of dedicated tools.

Pillar C foresees the implementation of specific instruments for knowledge transfer (Knowledge Hubs – KHs – and policy assessment working groups), improved communication with key policy actors for the implementation of water related strategies and regulations, a better understanding of the innovation landscape in the water sector, PhD schemes, vocational training, mobilization activities, etc.

  • Structure details (tasks and sub-tasks)


    C 1

    Strengthening the science-policy-governance interface


    Development and Coordination of Knowledge Hubs.

      C1.2. Policy Support Working Group


    C 2

    Accelerating the uptake of R&I results by the economic sectors

      C2.1. Supporting the creation of start-ups
      C2.2. Co-developing the strategy of a European Water Incubator


    C 3

    Fostering capacity development of all actors


    Dedicated PhD Schemes Pilot Alignment and Implementation.

      C3.2. Vocational Training and Skills Development Programmes
      C3.3. Mobility Schemes
      C3.4. Capacity Building on Systemic Thinking and System Analysis


    C 4

    Developing open science & open access to projects' outputs and connected observatories and research infrastructures


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 90 partners from 33 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.