The Joint Programming Initiative “Water Challenges for a Changing World” (the Water JPI) is an intergovernmental initiative with the vision of achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad.
Current National investments in water Research, Development and Innovation have been estimated at 370 M€/yr, while the European Commission invests 130 M€/yr through the Framework Programme. This results in a total European investment of about 500 M€/yr. Europe currently leads water Research and Innovation in the world, with about one third of the scientific publications and patents. The European water business, estimated at 100 G€, also represents one-third of the world market.
The Water JPI aims at strengthening European leadership and competitiveness in the field of water Research and Innovation whilst safeguarding water resources. The Water JPI goal is to harmonise, and to mobilise National and Regional Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Programmes.
The Initiative is led by Spain (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, MINECO), as coordinator, and by The Netherlands (Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, MINIENM), as co-coordinator. A total of eighteen countries are partners of this initiative, while five additional countries play the role of observers. The European Commission is partner number nineteen (as a non-voting partner). Partner and Observer countries are distributed across the EU. Three FP7 Associated Countries are Partners of this JPI.
The Water JPI launched its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda on 30 May 2013. It is a collective, shared and forward-looking exercise identifying and prioritising directions for Research, Development and Innovation. Moreover it is intended to guide the development of Water JPI activities in 2013 and 2014, to inform stakeholders on the status of agenda developments and to contribute to sustaining an effective, mutually beneficial dialogue with Horizon 2020.
The JPI “Water Challenges for a Changing World” addresses a wide variety of topics related to water science, technology and management. JPIs will play a crucial role in the European Research Area (ERA) and in “Horizon 2020”, the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation taking over from FP7. In addition, the Water JPI is committed to be a major player in the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Water.
For more information please visit our website (URL): http://www.waterjpi.eu/