AquaticPollutants Joint Call 2020

The call will support research and innovation projects that establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk-management combining the research areas of contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. The whole water cycle, from the source through the river basins and eventually to the estuaries and oceans, has to be considered. 26 countries are pooling resources of about 24,8 M€ to implement the joint transnational call for research and innovation projects. 

There are still major risks associated with the occurrence of emerging contaminants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in our water bodies and oceans. To face these challenges in a comprehensive way and to develop multidisciplinary and practical solutions for the provision of safe drinking water and healthy aquatic environments, this Joint Transnational Call (JTC) aims to make the research communities in the freshwater, marine and the health sectors work together and create synergies for joint approaches.

Call themes

The call is divided into 3 themes with several subthemes. Research & innovation proposals are invited to respond to at least one of the following themes:

  1. Measuring – Environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems
  2. Evaluating – Risk assessment and management of CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine) to human health and environment
  3. Taking Actions – Strategies to reduce CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine)

More information can be found in the Call Announcement.

Participating countries and organisations 

32 Funding organizations from 26 countries 

Call Timeline 

  • Call opening: 17 February 2020 
  • Deadline pre-proposals: 18 May 2020 
  • Invitation to submit full proposals: June 2020 
  • Deadline full proposals: 14 August 2020 
  • Funding decision announced: October 2020
  • Start of projects: December 2020 – March 2021
  • Projects end: 2024 
Monday, 18 May, 2020 - 17:00
Geographical Coverage: EuropeanSector of Activity:
Environmental monitoring