Research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in the water resources

Launch of the Action January 20, 2022
Deadline for pre-proposal submission April 30, 2021
Notification of accepted proposals July 2021
Indicative Call budget of TA CR 4 050 000 CZK
Website for the Czech applicants:

TAP Action Steering Committee Contact
Baya Barbora Nuñez
project officer – strategy and synergies
Development Activities Department
Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR)
Evropská 1692/37,160 00 Prague 6
+420 732 258 376



The AquaticPollutants Thematic Annual Programming (TAP) Action is the third joint call of the ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants. It will run for 24 months, from January 2022 to December 2024. The goal of the TAP Action is to help broaden and/or transfer knowledge on the characterization and transformation of physical, chemical or biological contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) and methodologies and strategies to remediate and reduce these contaminants in aquatic ecosystems, by creating a network of national projects.

This network will also allow further alignment between the individual projects, lead to a greater impact at the European level, addressing research gaps and avoiding duplication across Europe and beyond.


The general theme of the AquaticPollutants TAP Action has been defined as “Measuring of inputs and taking actions to reduce CECs, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in the aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine)”.

This theme aims at reducing the effects of CECs, including chemicals, pathogens, antimicrobial resistant bacteria and (micro)plastics in the aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine) and subsequent impacts on human, animal, plants and ecosystems.

Following the priorities identified in the Strategic and Research Innovation Agendas (SRIAs) of the three participating JPIs on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance, the theme of the AquaticPollutants TAP Action focuses in particular on multidisciplinary approaches to:

  • the development of methodologies and strategies to remediate and reduce CECs (at the sources, on their pathways and end-of-pipe), including their environmental effects on water, soil, sediment and sludge and subsequently their effects on living organisms, ecosystems and human and animal health;
  • the determination and modelling of the contribution of existing wastewater and excreta treatment technologies to the emergence and spread of AMR in aquatic ecosystems;
  • the characterization of the exposome (including cocktail of contaminants, individual and collective behaviour and interactions between stresses of different natures);
  • the evaluation of governance tools for new risk linked to contamination taking into account the reactions of public communities;
  • the impact of CECs occurrence and AMR on the ecosystem services at the level of the catchment, and into the river basin management planning.

Funding Agencies

The countries who confirmed their participation in this TAP action are:

  • Czech Republic, CZ (represented by TA CR)
  • France, FR (represented by ANR)
  • Ireland, IE (represented by EPA)
  • Spain, ES (represented by AEI)
  • Sweden, SE (represented by SRC).

Expected outputs

The expected outputs of the AquaticPollutants TAP Action may include (but are not limited to):

  • creation of a leveraging network, which would not necessarily exist without this action – increasing transnational synergies of projects funded in national schemes;
  • fostering research coordination and promoting sharing of results, data and other resources;
  • fostering mobility and sharing of infrastructure;
  • preparing policy briefs, stakeholder briefs, joint scientific publications, etc. that will be translated into the official languages of countries participating in the Action;
  • facilitating mutual learning;
  • developing common and cohesive practices/methodologies; and
  • delivering knowledge for policy making, anticipate scientific and technological needs and provide efficient scientific support for strategic and political decision making in the specific field.

For more information about the action please contact the Steering Committee or your respective participating organisations.

Timeline of the Action


Call 2020

Launch of the Call February 17, 2020
Deadline for pre-proposal submission May 18, 2020 (17:00 CEST) – due to the Corona/Covid-19 pandemia was the deadline postponed
Deadline for full proposal submission August 14, 2020 (17:00 CEST)
Notification of accepted proposals October 2020
Indicative Call budget of TA CR € 1 000 000
Applicants research organizations and enterprises
Website for Czech applicants


AquaticPollutants Call 2020 is open
18. 2. 2020
– The Joint Transnational Call 2020 “Risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in water resources (AquaticPollutants)” is open. Within the framework of…
AquaticPollutants Call pre-announcement
7. 2. 2020
– The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are pleased to pre-announce a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on…


Theme 1 – Environmental behaviour of emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (“Measuring”)

Theme 2 – Risk Assessment and Management of emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine) to human health and environment (“Evaluating”)

Theme 3 – Strategies to reduce emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine) (“Taking Actions”)

Participating countries

Belgium (BELSPO, F.R.S.-FNRS, FWO) , Brazil (CONFAP) , Cyprus (RIF), Czech Republic (TACR) , Denmark (IFD), Estonia (ETAg), Finland (AKA), France (ANR), Germany (JÜLICH), Greece (GSRT), Ireland (EPA), Israel (CSO-MOH), Italy (ARPA, MUR), Moldova (NARD), Norway (RCN), Poland (NCBR), Portugal (FCT), Romania (UEFISCDI), South Africa (WRC), Spain (AEI, ISCIII), Sweden (FORMAS, Sida), Taiwan (MoST), Tunisia (MHSER), Turkey (TUBITAK), Scotland /United Kingdom/ (SCOTENT)

General conditions for application

A total amount of approx. € 22 million has been blocked by the 32 Funding Partners. Each participant in a funded consortium will be funded by his or her national partner organisation. In addition, researchers based in other countries are able to participate with their own resources.

Proposals need to involve eligible research partners from at least three participating countries. Projects will be funded for up to 36 months.

Applications for funding within this call can only be submitted through this platform. You can download the relevant call documents from page in the menu on the left hand side!

If you want to register yourself as a coordinator for a transnational research project, please thoroughly read the Call Announcements, National Regulations and the Guideline for Proposal Submission beforehand! This will help to ensure your planned project fits within the focus of this call.

Only coordinators can upload a proposal. The coordinator needs to register all project partners.

Please note that all national funding organisations have specific funding rules. So, we would like strongly encourage you to take a close look at the national regulations. You can download the national regulations from page of the call.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 16.04.2020, 17:00 CEST. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Partner search tools

This partnering tool helps you to find cooperation possibilities within the Aquatic Pollutants calls. It can be used in the following ways:

Please post an entry in the partnering tool, if you are looking for collaboration opportunities in project consortia and would like to offer your expertise. You are also welcome to make a post, if you already have a project idea and are looking for further partners that would like to join you/your consortium. Next to providing your contact details, you should give a brief description of your organization. It is important that you provide some key words describing your field of research/innovation and that you specify your interest and the experience, expertise and know-how you/your organization has to offer in relation to one of the listed call (sub)topics of Aquatic Pollutants.  Please note: The second call has only one topic!

Please note:

The database can be searched by call topics, keywords and all the other information provided by its users.

There will be a plausibility check by the Aquatic Pollutants Call Secretariat for each of your entries. If the information given passes this plausibility check, which sometimes can take a few days, your request(s) will be published on the page “List of Partner Offers/Requests”. Following the publication all information provided by you will be publicly available.

Electronic submission system

Submission platform website


Call documents:

Call Announcement AquaticPollutants_20200311
National funding regulations AquaticPollutants_20200306
Guidelines for Pre-Proposal Submission_AquaticPollutants_20200224
FAQ AquaticPollutants_20200311

Documents for Czech applicants are here in section “Dokumenty”. All documents proving the eligibility of the Czech applicant  must be send to TACR data box (ID: afth9xp) within the same deadline as the project pre-proposals.
Please fill in the subject line as: „Horizon2020 – AquaticPollutants Call 2020 – prokázání způsobilosti – akronym projektu“.

Mandatory forms to be submitted
The Czech applicants are requested to submit: 

  • A Sworn statement of the applicant;
  • Completed “TACR Application Form” Excel file (in Czech);
  • if the applicant plans to achieve  the “NmetS” type of result, the “Confirmation of the Certification authority for NmetS results” needs to be attached
  • if the applicant plans to achieve the “Patent” type of result, patent search must be substantiated

About AquaticPollutants

The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on Water, Oceans and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) present a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on risks posed to human health and the environment by pollutants and pathogens present in the water resources.

The call will support research and innovation projects that establish integrated and cross-sectoral approaches for risk-management combining the research areas of contaminants of emerging concerns (CECs), pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. The whole water cycle, from the source through the river basins and eventually to the estuaries and oceans, has to be considered. The projected call budget is approximately 25 million Euro (co-funded by European Commission). 
There are still major risks associated with the occurrence of emerging contaminants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in our water bodies and oceans. To face these challenges in a comprehensive way and to develop multidisciplinary and practical solutions for the provision of safe drinking water and healthy aquatic environments, this Joint Transnational Call (JTC) aims to make the research communities in the freshwater, marine and the health sectors work together and create synergies for joint approaches.

AquaticPollutants has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 869178.