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TOPIC : Supporting international cooperation activities on water

Topic identifier: SC5-11-2016
Publication date: 14 October 2015

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
10 November 2015
Deadline: 08 March 2016 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-2016-2017
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The outreach and opening of the Water JPI to third country partners is increasingly raising interest among the latter. Building on this momentum, the challenge is to further enhance the opening of the Water JPI to international cooperation and thus contribute to creating a coherent European Research Area that is open to international cooperation in the area of water – a global research and innovation challenge par excellence. In addition, it is foreseen that this topic would consolidate the alignment of national, EU and international water research and innovation programmes, which is one of the key objectives of Joint Programming Initiatives. Finally, there is a need to support the post-2015 global goal for water, building on related international activities taking place at United Nations level.

Scope:

Proposals should aim to create a framework and permanent dialogue to encourage the opening in a structured and strategic manner of the Water JPI to international cooperation with key international water research and innovation programmes and funding and investment institutions. Proposals should also investigate activities to align with and support the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, in particular the Sustainable Development Goal on water and its impact on other goals, such as nutrition, education, health, etc. Flagship actions for possible joint funding between the members of the JPI Water, international cooperation partners and international programmes of strategic importance for the EU should be identified and prepared for.

This action should also organise and develop the knowledge base required to address water challenges and EU policy priorities within a global perspective. This can be accomplished through access to an integrated analysis of research results and recommendations arising from national and EU funded research and innovation projects in the area of water research and innovation. The ultimate result would be more efficient knowledge transfer, wider dissemination and take-up of research findings both in terms of policy and innovation. In addition, it would strengthen links with relevant water sectors and the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform.

The Commission considers that proposals with a duration of five years requesting a contribution from the EU in the range of EUR 2 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

Projects are expected to contribute to:

  • increasing the scale and ambition of water research and innovation activities beyond the level that would otherwise be sustainable, increasing the overall coherence and efficiency of the use of European resources and valorising European know-how on water solutions at global level in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda;
  • making the Water JPI, in collaboration with the European Commission, a privileged and attractive partner for global cooperation in research and innovation, notably in the context of the Belmont Forum;
  • a strengthened role of the Water JPI for underpinning knowledge and evidence for supporting the implementation of related EU policies and for fostering the EU's position in global water-related negotiations and fora.
Delegation Exception Footnote:

This activity directly aimed at supporting the development and implementation of evidence base for R&I policies and supporting various groups of stakeholders and the promotion of coherent and effective cooperation with third countries is excluded from the delegation to EASME and will be implemented by the Commission services.

Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.
 

  1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.
    Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects (follow the links to China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan).

     
  2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
    Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.

     
  3. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme
    3.2 Submission and evaluation process: Guide to the submission and evaluation process

          
  4. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

    Information on the outcome of single-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

    Information on the outcome of two-stage evaluation:
          For stage 1: maximum 3 months from the deadline for submission.
          For stage 2: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
    Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

     
  5. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:


    Coordination and Support Action:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    Standard proposal template
    Standard evaluation form
    H2020 General MGA -Multi-Beneficiary
    Annotated Grant Agreement


     
  6. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility

    Classified information

    Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

    Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.

     
  7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.
    This topic participates per default in the open access to research data pilot which aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects:
    • The pilot applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available for open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan (to be provided within six months after the project start).
    • Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they are part of the Pilot, and will not be penalised for opting out of the Pilot.
    • Projects can at any stage opt-out of the pilot.
    The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.
    Further information on the Open Research Data Pilot is made available in the H2020 Online Manual.
     
  8. Additional documents:
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Introduction
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: Dissemination, Exploitation and Evaluation
    H2020 Work Programme 2016-17: General Annexes
     

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