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01/18/2016

Pre-announcement: a joint call for transnational collaborative research projects on sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors soon to be launched

The Joint Programming Initiatives “Water Challenges for a Changing World” (Water JPI) and “Agriculture Food Security and Climate Change” (FACCE JPI) pre-announce the upcoming call for transnational collaborative research projects. As a member of both initiatives, ANR is joining partners from twenty three countries to issue this call. The indicative total available budget amounts to 26M€. The call is expected to open on 16.02.2016 with a closing date for pre-proposals on 19.04.2016.

The availability of water of adequate quality in sufficient quantities is a major issue of public interest at the European and world scale. Water is a vital resource, not only for direct consumption, but also for health, the production of food, industrial assets and goods. The dimension of the economic, ecological, environmental, technological, demographic and societal issues relating to water makes it indispensable to adopt multidisciplinary and transnational approaches.

“Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors”, at the heart of the call partially covers the priority themes described in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of Water JPI and in the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of FACCE JPI. The 2016 Joint Call will be developed in line with other on-going European instruments.

Scope of the call

All proposals are expected to apply research and innovation to develop new concepts, to assess risks, to attain cost effectiveness and to improve quality of life, thus contributing to tackling European and international water challenges. The main topics of the Call are defined below, and applicants will have to address at least one of them :

  • Increasing the efficiency and resilience of water uses;
  • Monitoring and reducing soil and water pollution;
  • Integrating social and economic dimensions into the sustainable management and governance of water resources.

Promoting collaborative and international research

Tackling societal challenges always requires a multidisciplinary approach. Therefore, all submitted applications should emphasise participation of stakeholders and dissemination and exploitation of results. The consortia shall preferably rally different scientific disciplines in order to provide an optimised response to the themes mentioned above. Collaborative projects are expected to demonstrate the added valued of the international collaboration.
Each proposal must involve a minimum of three eligible applicants from at least three different countries participating in the call. Within each selected consortium, each agency will fund its own country's teams in accordance with its specific conditions. ANR will thus only fund the French teams. Teams from countries that are not participating in the call may also take part in the projects but must ensure their own funding.
The duration of the projects is between 24 and 36 months. The overall estimated budget for the call is 26 million euros. The evaluation process will involve two stages, with closure of submission of pre-proposals on April 19 2016. For the Consortia invited for the step 2, the detailed proposals must be submitted before mid-September 2016. Project selection will be an integrated international peer evaluation process involving all the countries.

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