WATER JPI 2018. Ayudas para proyectos de investigación e innovación para la gestión sostenible del agua dulce (ODS6 y ODS13)

Circular water. Fotógrafo David Hofmann
Circular water. Fotógrafo David Hofmann

Water JPI es una iniciativa intergubernamental financiada por H2020 que tiene como objetivo financiar proyectos de investigación e innovación, este año 2018, bajo la temática Closing the Water Cycle Gap - Sustainable Management of Water Resources, para dar respuesta al gran desafío Achieving Sustainable Water Systems for a Sustainable Economy in Europe and Abroad.

Las propuestas deberán contribuir a la implementación del ODS6 Garantizar la disponibilidad de agua y su gestión sostenible y el saneamiento para todos, y al ODS13 Adoptar medidas urgentes para combatir el cambio climático y sus efectos de la Agenda 2030 de Naciones Unidas, así como a las conclusiones del Acuerdo de París COP21.

El consorcio deberá estar formado como mínimo por 3 países elegibles participantes en WaterJPI, siendo: Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Tunisia.

Los proyectos tendrán una vigencia entre 24 y 36 meses, y un presupuesto máximo por propuesta de 1.500.000 €.

Imprescindible la transdisciplinariedad, textualmente: tackling societal challenges always requires a transdisciplinary approach. Therefore, all proposals should emphasise the effective participation of stakeholders and end-users (including industry) in research, and innovation actions (participatory approaches)

Cada país tiene sus reglas específicas de participación y presupuesto. En el caso de España el MINECO financia a universidades, instituciones públicas de investigación, centros tecnológicos e instituciones privadas sin ánimo de lucro de i+d+i; y CDTI financia a las empresas.

El presupuesto máximo por parte del MINECO-AEI será de 150.000 € o 200.000 € (en el caso de ser el coordinador) para el grupo español participante en una propuesta. Si en la propuesta participan 2 o más grupos de investigación el importe máximo será de 200.000 € o 250.000 € (en el caso de coordinación española)

El CDTI no tiene presupuesto máximo para las empresas españolas participantes, pero establece un importe mínimo de 150.000 €.

Importante: las propuestas deberán enfocarse en las aguas dulces, pudiéndose considerar las aguas de transición; los sistemas marinos no son elegibles.

Las propuestas deberán responder a uno, dos o tres de los siguientes themes, y a uno, como mínimo, de los sub-themes

Theme 1 - Enabling sustainable management of water resources

The overall aim for this theme is to develop new governance and knowledge management approaches.

Sub-theme 1.1 - Promoting adaptive water management for global change

The aim of sub-theme 1.1 is to increase knowledge and to develop evidence-based methodologies and technologies for monitoring the cumulative impacts of human activities and climate change on the water cycle, but also to develop management options on the water cycle (considering all cycle compartments) and water / ecosystem services. This knowledge must be applicable for the adaptive management of water resources on a regional scale, while enabling downscaling to address local or catchment situations.

Sub-theme 1.2 - Integrative management by implementing Natural Water Retention Measures (NWRM) such as Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)

The aim is to increase the knowledge and develop NWRMs such as MAR in a multidisciplinary way, to protect, prolong, sustain and augment freshwater supplies. Evidence of their effectiveness and on the multiple benefits they deliver should be demonstrated.

Sub-theme 1.3 - Mitigating water stress in coastal zones and urbanized deltas

The aim is to develop and demonstrate a comprehensive coastal zone management system based on monitoring and modelling to ensure the provision of freshwater security under a range of conditions including saline intrusion, sediment management, storms, floods and droughts, but also specific coastal water uses.

Please, refer to H2020 calls on nature-based solutions to propose complementary actions.

Theme 2 - Strengthening socio-economic approaches to water management

The overall theme is envisaging education and communication initiatives to raise social awareness of consumption habits and water scarcity and to increase the levels of social acceptance and use of recycled water.

Sub-theme 2.1 - Integrating economic and social analyses into decision-making processes

The aim is to increase the knowledge the effectiveness and efficiency of existing economic mechanisms and policy instruments related to water management, with a special emphasis on implementation of water policies (such as the EU Water Framework Directive) and development of a circular and green economy. The approach should aim to break boundaries between services valuation including more flexible pricing and charging mechanisms, management tools and institutions, and the employment of economic and social sciences to develop best practice management guidelines for efficient water uses, including under extreme events such as droughts and floods.

Sub-theme 2.2 - The reuse of water

The aim is to develop integrative methods and cost-effective technologies for the implementation of acceptable and sustainable solutions on a large scale for different reuse cycles, spanning from irrigation, via livestock drinking water, to human consumption. Furthermore, goals include assessments of social acceptance for the use of recycled water and the development of integrated approaches combining technological solutions with social-psychological acceptability, economic viability and appropriate governance approaches. Research into the removal of emerging contaminants must consider the cost of the technology vs yield and realistic options for reuse of the recovered water.

Please refer to projects funded under previous Water JPI Joint Calls (2013, 2015 and 2016) to avoid any duplication. See Joint Calls on Water JPI website.

Sub-theme 2.3 - Connecting science to society

The aim is to increase understanding of the role of socio-economic approaches to water uses in hydrological cycles. Knowledge building should address stakeholders' and public awareness of water challenges and values, and how perception of policy measures and technological solutions are formed and how stakeholders can be steered towards desirable behaviour. Local and/or regional context (attitude, social norms, cultural context, etc.) should be taken into consideration. The value of improved water stewardship overall should be considered by developing sustainable business models.

Sub-theme 2.4 - Promoting new governance and knowledge management approaches

The aim is to develop innovative water management tools and approaches suitable for decision-making based on an analysis of the limitations of current practices. These approaches should involve the broad participation of stakeholders (including public monitoring, communication and education), multidisciplinary research, and short and long-term water cycle scenarios to support decision-making and the integration of water policy into other policy fields. In effect, governance capacities for implementation of water policies at the local and regional levels should be enhanced.

Theme 3 - Supporting tools for sustainable integrative management of water resources

This theme aims to complement the actions developed under the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) and other European initiatives. Emphasis should be on establishing networks and information sharing among existing research facilities/field labs, analytical methods, monitoring tools and programmes, access to databases and platforms, exploring the use of big data solutions and establishing reliable hydrological standards. Across the globe, there is a large body of knowledge, methodology and data related to hydrology and the water cycle that has the potential of being beneficial for a wide range of the world's regions. The alignment of water-related research and sharing of data and results will serve to avoid duplication of research, support progress based on previous finding, and thus facilitate the establishment of water management policies addressing rapid climatic changes.

El plazo de presentación de solicitudes para el envío de la pre-propuesta finalizará el 24 de abril de 2018 (17:00 horas). Las pre-propuestas evaluadas positivamente deberán enviar la propuesta completa el 18 de septiembre de 2018 (17:00 horas)

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