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Transnational Cooperation

AQUATIC POLLUTANTS 2020-2024: ERA-NET Cofund in support of the Water JPI, Oceans JPI and JPI AMR

FCT is a partner of the ERA-NET Cofund Aquatic Pollutants, a project with the goal of strengthening the European Research Area (ERA) within the domain of aquatic ecosystems, and in the promotion of transnational cooperation between the areas of water, oceans and health. The ERA-NET Cofund Aquatic Pollutants comprises 32 entities from 26 countries, including Ministries and Funding Agencies. . This ERA-NET Cofund is a collaborative effort between the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) Water JPI, JPI Oceans, and JPI AMR (Antimicrobial Resistance). Its international dimension will be directly translated into close collaboration with other relevant European and international initiatives.


17 February 2020: Call Launch.

18 May 2020 (17h00 CEST, 16h00 in Portugal): New Deadline for the submission of pre-proposals (check the page regularly, due to the extraordinary situation we are facing).

14 August 2020 (17h00 CEST, 16h00 in Portugal): Deadline for the submission of full-proposals (date may be changed, as the whole Call may have to be adapted due to this extraordinary situation we are facing).

Please consult this webpage on a regular basis for possible news/updates.

ERA-NET Cofund Aquatic Pollutants: Joint Transnational Call 2020

The Call Announcement contains detailed information on Call topics, participating countries, funding agencies and respective funding commitments. Please consult the documents and selected links available in the box on the right.

Call Topics

The Call addresses "Risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in water resources", and encloses the following topics:
Theme 1 – Measuring - Environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems;
Theme 2 – Evaluating - Risk Assessment and Management of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine) to human health and environment;
Theme 3 – Taking Actions - Strategies to reduce contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine).

Participating Countries

Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Moldova (Rep.), Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, and Turkey.

Applicants from countries not participating in the call can be part of a consortium, as long as they are able to secure their own funding (It will be required to document the availability of their funds).

How to Apply

1- Please consult the Call Documents and Submission Platform in the box on the right.

2- Consult the National Documents available in the box on the right. Also read the specific National funding regulations of all the participating countries involved in your consortium (including your own), available in the Call Announcement. Non-eligible partners may lead to the rejection of the whole consortium.

3- Access the online submission platform , and proceed according to your role.

4- Each Portuguese partner (or coordinator) has to send via email to the Joint Call National Contact Point a Statement of Commitment duly signed, dated and stamped by the Head of the Portuguese applicant organization and by the Principal Investigator, until 10 days after the submission deadline. Applicants need to keep the original documents, as it may be later required for legal purposes.

FCT financial commitment and funding regulations (Portugal only)

National funding commitment for the call: 300.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium coordinated by Portugal or with Portuguese participation: 100.000 €

Note: if more than one Portuguese institution participates in a given consortium, the budget has to be shared. Consult the links provided in this webpage related to the national documentation.


National Contact Point

Germana Santos
Tel: (351) 213 911569

Rui Munhá
Tel: (351) 213 911 538

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Av. D. Carlos I, 126 - 7º
1249 – 074 LISBOA

This initiative has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 869178.