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Sectors: Environment, Health, Research

Beneficiaries: Corporations, Research centres

Regions: Worldwide

Category: Call for proposals

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Responsible: European Commission

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KIC Oceans – Risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in water resources – 2020
Funds for: adressing research and innovation to support the implementation of the global, EU and national water and health policies contributing to the strategic objectives of the JPIs 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 analyze 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
* Theme 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

* Theme 2: evaluating risk assessment and management of contaminants of emerging concern, 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

* Theme 3: taking actions, strategies to reduce contaminants of emerging concern, 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 

Among financed actions
* For theme 1
– Estimating the entry point of CECs and pathogens into the environment
– Assessing the biodegradation of antibiotics to estimate and anticipate antibiotic resistance transmission rates and assessing gene transfer

* For theme 2
– Identification and selection of the main pollutants of emergent concern most widely distributed in aquatic environments;
– Assessing retention and degradation capacity of aquatic ecosystems

* For theme 3
– Reduction at the source and/or downstream mitigation actions;
– Improvement of combined treatments and sustainable treatment solutions leading to lower prevalence and spread of antimicrobial resistance;
– Assessment of implemented management measures and technologies to reduce the impact of CECs and pathogens including antimicrobial resistant bacteria;
– Assessment of the contribution of management practices and treatment technologies in the formation of by-products or additional antimicrobial resistant bacteria during the processes, especially in wastewater treatment and reuse processes

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

* Initial duration of the action: up to 36 months

* Eligibility: 
– Be a researcher, an institution or a company;
– The consortium must be composed of at least three entities from different EU Member States or H2020 Associated countries