Action Groups

Working Group Info Text

In this part of the online marketplace you find sections describing current activities and bodies of the EIP Water. Applicants for new action groups should visit the application forum (not active when the call is not open). To receive up-to-date information and join these groups, please browse the sections below.

At the core of EIP Water are its voluntary multi-stakeholder Action Groups; these are the central element of EIP Water's implementation phase. There are 25 Action Groups active; their partners develop, test, scale up, disseminate and stimulate the uptake of innovations by the market and society for major water-related challenges. An EIP Water Action Group is formalised via Calls for Expression of Commitment and a short evaluation phase of proposals considering EIP Water's eight priority areas.

If you are interested to join one of the Action Groups, please contact the lead partner. The decision to add partners is made by the Action Groups themselves; see also the relevant query in the FAQ section. Note that you have to be a registered Marketplace user to access the corresponding information. The Action Group shall come back to you on this request.

EIP Water is led by a Steering Group consisting of 27 high-level representatives of relevant stakeholder groups and spanning both the demand and supply sides of innovation. The Steering Group meets twice a year to provide strategic guidance and recommendations to the European Commission on policy and implementation and, together with the EU Commission, is the decision-making body of EIP Water.

The EIP Water Task Force is composed of 45 stakeholder representatives and supports the Steering Group with technical advice and expertise. It enables stakeholder groups and enablers for water and innovation to meet and discuss the strategic agenda for water and innovation, plays an important role in coordinating EIP Water activities, and mandates the development of EIP Water tools.

Expert groups, comprising of co-opted experts, can be created by the Task Force to provide the necessary background analysis and input for decision-making. An “Industry Expert Group on Barriers to Innovation” is currently supporting the activities of EIP Water.

The various activities and bodies of EIP Water are supported by a Secretariat, which works under the supervision of the European Commission. You can contact EIP Water Secretariat here.

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Priority Area: Water-energy nexus

The aim of this Action Group is the development of an anaerobic membrane reactor.

Priority Area: Water and wastewater treatment, including recovery of resources

Commercialize value chains for resources from the water cycle, in particular iron from drinking water production, phosphorous from waste water and cellulose from waste water.

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Priority Area: Decision support systems and monitoring

Develop proof of concept that bring together in-situ sensors (technology and participatory observations/crowd sourcing) and remote sensing.

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Priority Area: Water governance

Build solutions in coastal managed aquifer recharging, based on specific monitoring- and management approaches and specific financing/pricing models.

Priority Area: Decision support systems and monitoring

Ctrl+Swan Action Group will be devoted to the further development of innovative sensor systems’ technologies to be integrated and implemented in the design of an innovative...

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Priority Area: Water governance

The National Water Partnerships have joined forces in the DIS-SMEs Action Group to support SMEs and turn the network of National Water Partnerships into a functional SME support system and a...

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Priority Area: Decision support systems and monitoring

Improve water efficiency and sustainability in water and sanitation services through the roll-out a benchmarking process that covers the entire water cycle.

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Priority Area: Ecosystem services

This project is dedicated to practice-oriented and applicable ecosystem services valuation and management systems. The group aims to deliver a consensual and agreed methodology to assess the...

Priority Area: Water-energy nexus

The Action Group Energy and Water Works (AG EWW) has recently been established under the umbrella of the EIP Water. Its main goal is to enhance European interest in the innovative crossovers...

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Priority Area: Financing for innovation

The FINNOWATER Action Group intends to explore, develop and implement new approaches to increase financial flows in the water (and water-related) sector.

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Priority Area: Water reuse and recycling

The objective of this Action Group is to develop new methodologies for industrial water re-use and recycling and with the aid of these new methodologies, develop and implement (local) innovative...

Priority Area: Flood and drought risk management

Develop and demonstrate solutions, based on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) in nine case studies, with inclusion of ecological modelling, economic incentives and risk aspects.

Priority Area: Water and wastewater treatment, including recovery of resources

Commercialise microbial (bio-)electrochemical, zero energy technologies that treat urban and industrial waste water coupled to resource recovery and/or synthesis of valuable products.

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Priority Area: Water-energy nexus

Build business case of combining demand-led high-energy-efficient irrigation systems and photovoltaic pumping stations.

Priority Area: Water-energy nexus

The Action Group will promote the use of desalination powered by renewable energy, as an environmentally friendly and decentralised solution for sustainable water supply.

Priority Area: Water reuse and recycling

Develop an integrated toolbox for water scarcity detection, diagnostics and DSS for water re-distribution in water scarcity areas.

Priority Area: Decision support systems and monitoring

The aim of RTWQM Action Group is  the definition of new affordable monitoring strategies and the enhancement of the innovation chain for water quality monitoring technologies

Priority Area: Flood and drought risk management

The Action Group aims at establishing and implementing a methodology on "Smart Pricing and Drought Insurance Schemes in Mediterranean Countries".

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Priority Area: Water and wastewater treatment, including recovery of resources

Verdygo is a new standard in wastewater treatment. An important feature of Verdygo is its industrial modular construction. This construction allows a sewage treatment plant (STP) to adjust...

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