Investigation, Development and Innovation

European Innovation Partnership for Water

The European Innovation Partnership on Water – EIP Water in short – aims to boost opportunities for innovation in the water sector. It facilitates the development of innovative solutions andapproaches that contribute to economic growth, solve societal challenges, create jobs and enhance Europe’s competitiveness. The EIP Water Marketplace is its online collaboration platform for information exchange, matchmaking and teaming-up of public and private sector experts, organisations and resources.


ACQUEAU is one of the 7 clusters of the EUREKA network. It is a market and industry driven initiative, joined by more than 20 countries and 100 companies across Europe and beyond. Their goal is to promote transnational collaboration for developing innovative projects in water technologies.

Global Water Research Coalition

Twelve world leading research organisations have established an international water research alliance: the Global Water Research Coalition (GWRC). GWRC is a non-profit organisation that serves as the collaborative mechanism for water research. The product the GWRC offers its members is water research information and knowledge. The GWRC will not compete with the member organisations. Each of the member organisation will still focus on national and regional water research issues.

Joint Programming Initiative

The overall aim of the Joint Programming process is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe’s precious public R&D resources and to tackle common European challenges more effectively in a few key areas.  It is a structured and strategic process whereby Member States agree, on a voluntary basis and in a partnership approach, on common visions and Strategic Research Agendas (SRA) to address major societal challenges. On a variable geometry basis, Member States commit to Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) where they implement together joint Strategic Research Agendas

Water Supply & Sanitation Technology Platform

The platform was initiated by the European Commission in 2004 to promote coordination and collaboration of research and technology development in the water industry.

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