Aquatic Pollutants


To face the challenges of emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in our water bodies and oceans, Water JPI, JPI Oceans and JPI AMR will launch a co-funded transnational and multi-disciplinary call with the aim is to develop multidisciplinary and practical solutions for the provision of safe drinking water and healthy aquatic environments


Researchers at Swedish Universities, research institutes and public agencies with research assignments.


Maximum 300 000 Euro per project, or 500 000 Euro if the Swedish project also includes a project coordinator.

Given decision: 2020-08-01 23:59

The three Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs): Water JPI, JPI Oceans and JPI AMR launches a joint transnational call for research and innovation projects on emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria present in water resources. The total budget is 24 385 000 Euro, cofounded by the European Commisson.

The following 27 countries participates in the call: Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Formas participates with 1,5 million Euros and the Swedish Research Council participates with 1,9 million Euros during the years 2021-2023.

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA, support the participation of researchers from low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and other sub-Saharan African countries where Sweden has bilateral development cooperation, in the following countries:

Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Call themes

Research & innovation proposals are invited to respond to at least one of the following themes:

  1. Measuring - Environmental behavior of emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems.
  2. Evaluating - Risk assessment and management of emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria from aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine) to human health and environment
  3. Taking Actions Strategies to reduce emerging pollutants, pathogens and antimicrobial resistant bacteria in aquatic ecosystems (inland and marine)


The main applicant and co-applicants must have doctoral degrees. Grants can be given to researchers at Swedish universities, university colleges or research institutes with research assignments.

You can apply for maximum 300 000 Euro per project, or 500 000 Euro if the Swedish project also includes a project coordinator. When you submit the application you have to indicate if you apply to Formas or the Swedish Research Council. A consortium coordinator can only participate in one proposal of a scientific project. As a partner you can apply to Formas for more than one project.

Clarifying notice regarding financial rules

Two Swedish parties in the same project can apply together and share the maximum amount from one of the Swedish financing organisations. It is also possible for the two partners apply separately and thereby enabling each partner to apply for the maximum amount.

The maximum amount for a co-ordinator is EUR 500,000. The maximum amount for a non-coordinating party is EUR 300,000.

In practise it will work like this:

  • In the transnational proposal (application no later than 18 May), each partner must specify the requested budget and the funding organisation. If you are two Swedish partners who both want to apply for more than the maximum amount for one party, the preferred choice is that one should specify Formas and the other specify VR in the list of funding organisation. Note that VR only supports applicants whose subprojects include research on pathogenic and antibiotic resistant bacteria (AMR). If neither of the Swedish partners’ research deals with AMR, there is also the possibility that both can specify Formas as funding organisation.
  • Proposals for VR must submit the pre-proposal to VR in Prisma (see instructions External link.)
  • Consortia invited to submit a final proposal (including Swedish applicants) will be notified about procedures for submitting in final proposals (see also call for text).

The application process

The application process is two-phased (pre- and full proposal phases). A pre-proposal must be submitted electronically via the call's international website External link. no later than May 18th 2020. Applicants which have qualified for phase two, and thereby are invited to submit a full proposal, both to the calls international website and through Formas website (the application system Prisma External link.) will be notified in the end of July. Thus, it is only if you proceed to step 2 that you submit an application to Formas. Deadline for submission of full proposal will be in August. The date will be announced later. Grant award decision will be announced in the end of 2020.

Please note

Read the call announcement carefully. We advise you to submit your proposal well in due time to avoid the challenge of tecknical problems at the last minute before deadline.

Information webinar

12 March 2020, 13 – 14.30

Register Now! External link.

An additional call for proposals on Transfer Projects will also be launched. The call Aquatic Pollutants Transfer Project will address research and development who supports knowledge transfer, scientific networking, and public engagement based on the Aquatic Pollutants 2020 Joint Transnational Call projects. This Transfer Project is a novelty for the JPIs and emphasizes the high transfer orientation of the topic.

More details on the Transfer Project Call External link.

Updated:5 November 2020