AquaticPollutants Joint Call 2020 | JPI OCEANS

AquaticPollutants Joint Call 2020

The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are pleased to announce a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in the water resources.
The submission of pre-proposals for the AquaticPollutants Joint Transnational Call has been closed May 18th, 2020. A stunning number of 184 pre-proposals involving 1065 partners were submitted, totalling a sum of 179.5 M€ requested funding.
Due to COVID-19, the timeline of the call needs further adjustments. This is still work in progress.
We will inform you here about new deadlines, e.g. for full-proposal submission, as soon as the timeline is finalised. We would like you to note, that decisions about which pre-proposals enter the full-proposal phase, will most likely be made in the beginning of September 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)

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 


Information and application


Support for applicants

Information Webinar for Applicants 
Partnering Tool on AquaticPollutants Submission Platform
  • On the Online Submission Platform, a specific section is provided where you can search for partners or enter your partnering profile. 
Guidelines for proposal submission

AquaticPollutants FAQ


Aquatic Pollutants has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869178-AquaticPollutants.


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