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Sectors: Environment, Innovation, Research

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Corporations, Research centres

Regions: Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals

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* List of eligible countries: http://www.waterjpi.eu/joint-calls/joint-call-2020-aquaticpollutants/aquaticpollutants_national_regulations_cofunded-call_final.pdf

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Responsible: European Commission

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JTC – AquaticPollutants Joint Transnational Call – 2020
Funds for: addressing research and innovation to support the implementation of the global, EU and national water and health policies contributing to the strategic objectives of the Joint Programme Innitiative on Water, Oceans and AMR

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives 
* To establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk management combining the research areas of emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistance under the overall topic “from the source to the mouth“;
* To analyse the spread of CECs and pathogens related to antimicrobial resistance from the different sources (e.g. urban areas) that leads to impacts and risks on the aquatic ecosystem, environment and human health;
* To describe the transformation of such CECs and pathogens and their effects when entering the different aquatic systems and accumulating in the food chain;
* To improve strategies and develop/ evaluate technologies (incl. digital technologies) for reducing CECs and pathogens at the sources, on their pathways and end-of-pipe;
* To develop/ integrate innovative methodologies and tools to allow policy-makers to develop more effective policies and efficient regulations

Priorities
* Priority 1: measuring – environmental behaviour of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems;
– Assessment of the significance of different potential sources, reservoirs and pathways of CECs and pathogens including antimicrobial resistant bacteria;
– Understanding and predicting the environmental and cumulative behaviours of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and pathogens including antimicrobial resistant bacteria, including the development of tools and digital solutions;

* Priority 2: evaluating – risk assessment and management of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine) to human health and environment;
– Characterising the exposure routes and effects of CECs and pathogens including antimicrobial resistant bacteria, on aquatic ecosystems and on human health;
– Development of integrated risk assessment and risk management procedures;
– Parameters and strategies for monitoring potential antimicrobial resistant bacteria;

* Priority 3: taking actions – Strategies to reduce contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland, coastal and marine);
– Implementation of strategies to reduce CECs and pathogens, including antimicrobial resistant bacteria at the source;
– Development of methods for preventing the spread of CECs and pathogens, including antimicrobial resistant bacteria;
– Assessment of management measures and technologies to reduce the impact of CECs and pathogens including antimicrobial resistant bacteria, on water quality;

Amongst financed actions
* Estimating the entry point of CECs and pathogens into the environment, with indication of the matrix to be analysed (water, sediment, biota) with a view to emission control at local and regional levels;
* Establishment of indicators and tracers allowing for the identification of sources and pathways of contamination/pollution;
* Modelling of transport processes and fate of CECs and pathogens;
* Understanding the processes involved in the increase and degradation of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and pathogens and degradation/transformation products;
* Understanding of the extent to which CECs and pathogens are removed or modified, e. g. through water treatment plants or natural processes in soils, sediments and aquatic systems;
* Estimation of the transmission of pollutants and pathogens to and from the aquatic environment, biota and humans as well as through the food chain (trophic transfer) and via water exposures;
* Understanding the factors that control the bioavailability and fate of emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in organisms such as uptake, mode of action, biological end-points;
* Identification and selection of the main pollutants of emergent concern most widely distributed in aquatic environments, in order to establish a priority list of pollutants to be included into the risk management and monitoring plans

Additional information

* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Duration of the action: 36 months

* Eligibility :
– Be a joint research center or an international institution;
– The consortium must be composed of at least three different EU member States or H2020 associated countries