Why does research and innovation on water, nutrients and waste matter?
Agriculture and forestry heavily depend on the availability and quality of natural resources such as land, nutrients or water.
At the same time primary production impacts directly and indirectly on the integrity of these resources and contributes to their depletion.
Natural resources are under further pressure from increased environmental variations linked to climate change, to which agriculture in particular is also contributing.
The European Commission communication Closing the loop – an EU action plan for the circular economy lays the foundations of an economy where the value of resources is maintained for as long as possible, and the waste generation is minimised.
In agriculture, this translates mainly to the recycling of nutrients, the reuse of treated wastewater, or enhancing the value of waste in the context of the bioeconomy.
Research and innovation has a key role to play in developing solutions that will help strike a proper balance between productivity and environmental goals in agriculture and forestry.
Calls for proposals related to water, nutrients and waste are spread across numerous schemes in Horizon 2020. This page lists them and explains how you can apply.
The rural development policy supports innovation through a range of interventions, including the European innovation partnership for agriculture (EIP-AGRI).
Some water, nutrients and waste related calls may be found in this programme.
Collaboration and jobs
The EIP-AGRI fosters innovation in agriculture and forestry connecting knowledge and practice.
Search and view profiles of all organisations that have received funding via the funding and tenders portal.
Researcher jobs in related fields.
Projects and results
The AgriResearch factsheet collects most of the research and innovation related to water, nutrients and waste under Horizon 2020 societal challenge 2.
The one-stop shop to EU-funded agricultural innovation projects.
The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects.
Scientific publications, tools and databases
Scientific publications produced by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).
The Commission's Joint Research Centre compiles databases and develops software and modelling tools.
Single point of access to open data produced by the EU institutions. All data is free to use for commercial and non-commercial purposes.
You can access all scientific publications from Horizon 2020 via OpenAIRE.