Given decision

Water JPI 2017 Joint Call: Water Resource Management in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Last day of application: 11/12/2017

Day of decision: Step 1 preliminary 15/04/2018, step 2 preliminary 07/11/2018

The call aims to enable transnational, collaborative research, development and innovation projects addressing questions relating to the water challenges faced by society. The call is Water JPI's fourth announcement, and the call consortium includes 12 funding agencies from 12 countries. The total budget is 8 550 000 euro (approximately 82 million Swedish crowns). Formas contribution is 800,000 euros for the years 2018-2020.

The Call topic is "Water Resource Management in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals", and aims at developing new concepts to tackle at least one of the following two challenges:

  • Multiple pressure effects on ecosystems and ecosystem services as well as effective mitigation – adaptation tools and assessments for implementing the water related targets of the UN SDGs.
  • Developing accessible solutions for clean water management to address UN SDG6 targets.

The call text is published on the Water JPI website including rules for themes and sub-themes that should be addressed in the application. A webinar about the call is organised on 27 November.

Applicants write pre-proposal and full proposal in English and submit the application electronically via the call application system. A link will be added to this page when the application system is open.


Projects should be comprised of a minimum of three partners from three different participating countries. Funding of the participating researchers will be provided by their respective national funding organisations, in accordance with their national eligibility conditions. See below for the conditions that apply to applicants from Sweden.

Participating countries

Twelve countries are participating in the call: Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Moldavia (Republic of), Norway, South Africa, Sweden.

Call procedure

The call process takes place in two steps; the deadline for step 1 (overview-application) is 11 December 2017 (17.00 h CET) and the deadline for step 2 (completed application) is 27 June 2018 (17.00 h CET). Projects are expected to begin in December 2018.

For general questions about the announcement and application process, including technical and administrative matters, contact the Call Secretariat:

IC4Water Call Secretariat: 
Johannes Holmen – Research Council of Norway

Requirements for applicants from Sweden

What funding can be applied for

Support can be granted to research projects within the framework of all three topics of the call. Grants can be sought for costs that are associated with the execution of the project, such as salary costs for researchers or doctoral students, travel, conferences and workshops, sample collection, analysis, equipment under SEK 500,000, premises and other related costs (but not for scholarships or education grants for research students). Grants can also be sought for costs related to publication in Open Access journals. Note that researchers who receive funding from Formas must guarantee that their research results will be available through Open Access within six months of publication.

Guidelines for funding amounts

The project duration must be between 24 and 36 months. Applicants from Sweden can apply for a maximum of € 300,000 for participation in a project and a maximum of € 400,000 if the applicant also is coordinating the project.

Applicants from Sweden must coordinate their application with other participants in the project. It is important that the total amount requested for a project, with at least 3 main researchers from three participating countries, does not exceed 1.5 million euros.

Who can apply

The applicant and the cooperate researches must have a doctoral degree. The grant may only be administered by a Swedish university, university college, research institute or authorities with research assignments. You can find out more by following this link.

From Sweden, applicants from the same grant administrating organisation shall belong to one PI (Prinicipal Investigator). Please read more about the PIs in the Call text published on the web-page for the Water JPI 2018 Joint Call. Several Swedish applicants from different grant administrating organisations may be part of a project, provided that the project includes PIs from two other countries. A PI, who is also a coordinator, cannot participate in any other project, either as a PI or as a coordinator.

The challenges faced by society necessitate a multidisciplinary approach. For that reason all applications must endeavour to include participants in the consortium from stakeholder groups and describe how the results will be disseminated and utilised. The participants from stakeholder groups may be "subcontractors" to a PI. It is important that the grant administrating organisation has approved the subcontractor when submitting the application. Formas does not grant funding to stakeholder groups or companies applying for project funding as a PI or coordinator.

Granted funding

Evaluation of all of the applications submitted to the IC4Water Call Secretariat will be performed by international experts and the highest ranked applications will be discussed at a meeting in the autumn of 2018. Following evaluation and discussion, the international review panel will recommend the highest-ranked applications for funding. Each funding body has the final decision about granting funding to the respective applicant. The Formas Scientific Council is expected to reach its decisions in November 2018. Grant award decisions cannot be appealed. The funding awarded will be made public after the funding body has reached its decisions. Projects are expected to begin in November 2018.

Reporting of projects awarded funding

Each project awarded funding must submit a project report to Formas in the form of a financial and popular science summary in compliance with the decision.


When Swedish participants receive notification from the IC4Water Call Secretariat that they have been recommended for funding, the Swedish participants will then be invited to submit the same application to Formas. This is done using Prisma. Information about what must be submitted and how will be provided in the invitation that will be issued preliminary in November 2018.


Formas General instructions
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Contact information

Responsible Senior Research Officer Formas
Kristina Laurell
Telephone: +46 (0)8 775 40 59

For general questions about the announcement and application process, including technical and administrative matters, contact the Call Secretariat:

IC4Water Call Secretariat:
Johannes Holmen – Research Council of Norway

The Swedish Research Council Formas is the funding organisation for Researchers applying from Swedish universities, university college or official Swedish organization that fulfils the Formas requirements for a grant administrator.

The Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) are intergovernmental initiatives aiming at strengthening European leadership and competitiveness in Research and Innovation (R&I). In particular, the Water JPI responds to the grand challenge of “Achieving Sustainable Water Systems for a Sustainable Economy in Europe and Abroad”.  

Kristina Laurell