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Water4All - Co-funded European Partnership in the area of water resources

Water4All – Water Security for the Planet is a co-funded European Partnership developed under the Horizon Europe (HE) Framework Program.

This partnership aims to combine efforts, mobilize resources and strengthen European leadership and competitiveness in research and innovation in the field of water. Portugal is one of the partners in this initiative, which also has the participation of the European Commission. See the Water4All work programme on the Joint Programme Initiative Water JPI website.

Water4All derives, among others, from the activities of the Water JPIand the respective projects developed since 2012 (CSA WatEUr, ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2014, ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2015, CSA IC4Water, ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants).

The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) represents Portugal in Water4All with the main objective of contributing to the internationalization of the national scientific and technological community and to the alignment of Research and Development (R&D) programs.

Water4All activities will occur during the period 2022-2027, highlighting the launch of joint transnational calls for proposals to fund new R&D projects in the field of water resources. The first call is currently underway with the participation of FCT as a funding entity (see below for more information about the call).

APPLICATIONS FOR THE WATER4ALL 2022 CALL ARE OPEN UNTIL 2PM (Continental Portugal time) ON 31 OCTOBER 2022

Find out more information on how to apply below.

JOINT TRANSNACIONAL CALL 2022 “MANAGEMENT OF WATER RESOURCES: RESILIENCE, ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION TO HYDROCLIMATIC EXTREME EVENTS AND MANAGEMENT TOOLS”, FOR R&I PROJECT FUNDING

Applications for Water4All's 2022 call are open until 31 october 2022 (14h00 Continental Portugal).

See below for the following information about the call:

Call Topics

Research & innovation proposals submitted under the Water4All 2022 Joint Transnational Call are required to address at least one of the following topics:

  • Resilience, adaptation and mitigation to hydroclimatic extreme events
  1. Addressing knowledge gaps in our understanding of the causes of water scarcity, drought events, seasonal variability in climate impacts to develop adaptation and mitigation measures, taking climate change into account.
  2. Developing and demonstrating innovative (or improved) societally acceptable adaptation and mitigation strategies to cope with hydro-climatic extreme events and their increase in length and duration. This includes floods and droughts, although is not limited to them, adopting a regional or a basin scale wide approach.
  3. Improving resilience and adaptation capacity of water infrastructure (e.g., industrial water facilities, urban networks, wastewater treatment facilities, stormwater management systems and rural systems) to hydroclimatic extreme events.
  • Tools for water management - in the context of hydroclimatic extreme events
  1. Developing tools (e.g., multi-risk approach, decision support tools, monetary/non- monetary costs valuation) to support the design and implementation of strategies for adaptation and mitigation to hydro-climatic extreme events, especially floods (including “flash-floods”), heat waves and droughts in a catchment to sea perspective.
  2. Generating new methodologies, tools and models for water resources assessment/modelling for water bodies in scarcely monitored /data scarce areas. A combination of physical and digital solutions is expected, and opportunities provided by citizen science should be seized.
  3. “Smartening the water system” and use of innovative digitalization, including improved/new sensors, models, communications and computing technologies.
  • Improved water governance in the context hydroclimatic extreme events and international contexts
  1. Undertaking an analysis and developing robust Governance models for the management of water resources in the context of extreme events, is critical increasing the decision-making capacity of institutions and involvement of citizens. This should include ways of improving coordination between water managers to increase our capacity to reduce vulnerability to extreme events, as well as effectively respond to them.
  2. Addressing and encouraging international cooperation in the field of water, including management of transboundary water resources and contribution to Water Diplomacy.

See the Water4All website for more information on the themes, approach and expected impacts of the projects to be funded in this call.

FCT financial commitment and funding regulations (Portugal)

National funding commitment for the call: 500.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium coordinated by Portugal: 150.000 €

Maximum requested funding for a consortium with Portuguese participation: 100.000 €

IMPORTANT: if more than one Portuguese institution participates in a given consortium, the budget has to be shared. For national institutions, the Regulation on Projects Funded Solely by National Funds apply. The dedication (FTE) in transnational projects is not taken into account for the 100% (FTE) dedication to national projects.

Participating countries/FPOs

Austria (FWF), Belgium (VLAIO), Belgium (FWO), Belgium (F.R.S.-FNRS), Brazil (CONFAP), Brazil (CNPq), Czechia (TA CR), Denmark (IFD), Estonia (ETAg), France (ANR), Germany (BMBF), Hungary (NKFIH), Ireland (EPA), Italy (MUR), Italy (MISE), Israel (MoE-IL), Latvia (LZP), Lithuania (LMT), Luxembourg (FNR), Malta (MEEE), Moldova (NARD), Netherlands (NWO), Norway (RCN), Poland (NCBR), Portugal (FCT), Romania (UEFISCDI), Slovak Republic (SAS), South Africa (WRC), Spain (AEI), Spain (CDTI), Sweden (FORMAS), Switzerland (SNSF), Turkey (TUBITAK), United Kingdom (EPSRC-UKRI).

Note: The participation of applicants from other countries is allowed, if they have their own separate source of funding or if funds by another source are guaranteed (i.e., by a national or international funding organisation).

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for funding, the consortium must comply with all of the following conditions:

  • Must be composed of at least a minimum of 3 eligible partners that request funding from participating Funding Partner Organisations from 3 different countries
  • At least 2 partners must be from 2 different EU Member States or Associated Countries
  • Have a maximum of 7 partners
  • If desired, may have up to 1 self-funded partner. This partner cannot coordinate the proposal
  • Have a duration of 36 months
  • Comply with all the call eligibility criteria, which you can check on the Water4All website.

All partners must comply with the eligibility criteria of the entity from which they request funding. For Portuguese institutions, the eligibility criteria is described in the Regulation on Projects Funded Solely by National Funds, in particular articles 3 to 9.

How to apply

The application will be made in two steps.

In the first step, a submission of a pre-proposal is required by 2pm (Continental PT time) on 31 October 2022. Submission process:

  • The consortium coordinator creates an account on the proposal submission platform
  • The consortium coordinator completes the forms, with information about the project and consortium members, and submits the proposal (for questions about the technical functioning of the platform, please contact the call secretariat by e-mail water4all2022_callsecretariat@mur.gov.it)
  • Until the closing date for submission of pre-proposal, the consortium coordinator can amend the information submitted as many times as necessary (only the last submission is considered).
  • 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.

All pre-proposals are reviewed and, if they meet the eligibility criteria, are evaluated by a panel of experts for Excellence and Impact. See the elements and criteria to be evaluated on the Water4All website.

The second step is the submission of the full proposal, expected to be by 20 March 2023. Submission process:

Only the projects with the best score in the evaluation of the pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals.

From pre-proposal to full proposal only minor changes can be made to the consortium and funding required (on condition), see section "5.1 Online Submission Tool" of the call announcement to find out what changes you can make.

  • The selected consortium coordinator accesses the proposal submission platform
  • he information indicated in the pre-proposal will already be filled in. Therefore, the consortium coordinator only has to complete the information according to the indications presented (for questions about the technical functioning of the platform, please contact the call secretariat by e-mail water4all2022_callsecretariat@mur.gov.it)
  • The consortium coordinator may amend the submitted information as many times as necessary.

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts for Excellence, Impact and Quality and Efficiency of Implementation to define the ranked list of projects to be funded. You can consult the elements and criteria to be evaluated on the Water4All website.

The final results are expected to be communicated to the coordinators of each application in the summer of 2023.

See the support guide for more information on the submission process.

National Contact Points

Germana Santos
germana.santos@fct.pt

NOTE: No information contained in this page replaces or overrides what is stipulated in the Regulations and in the Call Announcement.