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A new direction and strategic agenda for Water JPI

Meeting in Orléans © Water JPI


Water JPI, the European joint programming initiative for water issues, will announce its new strategic research and innovation agenda on Thursday, May 19 in Rome. Irstea coordinated the project. The aim was to define priority issues and research needs for European water research, with the specific aim of contributing to the Horizon 2020 agenda.

The European initiative Water JPI is keeping its momentum. On May 19 of this year, the new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA 2.0) will be presented in Rome. Patrick Flammarion, Director of Irstea’s Water Department, coordinated the project. He is also chair of the Governing Board as advisor to the National Research Agency (ANR). The agenda will be rolled out in 2017.

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With 20 partner countries and 4 observer countries, the Water JPI currently represents 88% of all national public investment in terms of water research in Europe.

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A strategic agenda structures Water JPI

The strategic agenda is the foundation on which the Water JPI is built. It aims to become the reference document for European stakeholders by setting out specific priorities for water research and innovation. The agenda will also be used to prepare the Horizon 2020 agenda.

Since the first version of this agenda was published mid-2014, significant documentary research has been carried out, along with 2 workshops with stakeholders and online public consultation. The teams analyzed national strategic water agendas, directives and prospective studies as well as national and global reports. The 5 themes and 11 sub-themes were also “cross-referenced” with the aim of identifying links and associations between some of the needs and thereby broadening the range of priorities. Stakeholders were closely involved in the process, as were members of the Water JPI scientific and technical boards.

Since 2013, the strategic agenda has been used to define themes leading to joint project calls [1]: emerging contaminants in 2013 and water treatment and reuse technologies in 2015. This year, a new project call was launched on the theme of water and agriculture.

The agenda will be available as a technical document (designed for researchers, politicians, managers and the European Commission). For the first time, it will also be available in a simplified version that will be translated into several languages for companies and the general public. After all, we need to remember that these research needs are primarily a reflection of societal issues!

France has committed to all European Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) including the Water JPI, launched in 2012 and dedicated to water research and innovation issues.

What is Irstea's role?

Irstea is particularly active in this initiative. Since 2013, the institute has been involved in the JPI’s Governing Board along with BRGM (both are also joint coordinators of the National Water Group at AllEnvi) and since the end of 2014, the French National Research Agency (ANR).

The institute is involved in various working groups (interactions with Horizon 2020, etc.). Since 2013, Irstea has coordinated the strategic research and innovation agenda. It is also joint chair of the French advisory group that helps coordinate national strategies and defining French positions within the Water JPI (scientific and management issues).

This privileged position is the result of the institute's strategic policy and the commitment of its teams. It is an essential advantage that allows the Institute to:

  • play a key role in defining European water research and innovation priorities and in harmonizing national and European strategic agendas for water issues
  • increase its visibility within Europe and further afield.

Consult the Water JPI website

For more information

[1] Project calls co-funded by national funding agencies such as ANR.