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Cofunded by the European Union

Water security is a global challenge faced by all countries. Therefore, strengthening collaboration which goes beyond Europe on any kind of water-related issues is considered important. Involving possible contributions of international partners to all Water4All activities will be coordinated in this cross-cutting Pillar E with some additional and mutual benefits:

  • supporting the participation of countries beyond Europe in an equal footing basis;
  • reducing existing barriers for engaging with Research & Innovation programmes;
  • enlarging the role of co-design and the cooperation;
  • attracting new partners in order to create the necessary critical mass for developing innovative solutions and increasing their implementation;
  • providing innovative solutions for global water-related issues;
  • connecting end-users outside of Europe with innovative European water(technology) SMEs.

The Partnership will concretely contribute to the achievements of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - UN SDGs - by connecting Research & Innovation activities to the monitoring of UN SDGs and related targets, and raising the level of engagement of countries by providing solutions from Water4All.

This approach will ensure that by the end of the implementation plan, Water4All should become the coordination /strategic portal for Research & Innovation programming in water challenges.
The activities planned in Pillar E have direct links with other Pillars: A, B, C, and D.


The Water4All Partnership - Water Security for the planet - 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 objectives are to tackle water challenges as means to face climate change, help to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth.

The Water4All Partnership's 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 that we all 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 how to preserve, restore, and manage 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 wide and cohesive group of 79 partners from 31 countries in the European Union and beyond. This consortium gathers partners from the whole water Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) chain.