H2020 RIA call about small agricultural water catchments

This topic is part of the Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) Work Programme for 2018-2020 that faces the climate change, food security, safeguards the natural resource base and promotes a sustainable management of land and waters.

The Sustainable Food Security (SFS) call is Horizon 2020’s main contribution to research and innovation in relation to Food and Nutrition Security in Europe and beyond. Its commitment to sustainability implies that particular attention is given to the interfaces between the economic, environmental and social dimensions of food production.

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Topic: Integrated water management in small agricultural catchments

The type of action of this topic is RIA (Research and Innovation Action) and it’s open for submission from 16 October 2018 until 23 January 2019 (17:00:00 Brussels time) and 04 September 2019 (17:00:00 Brussels time), because it’s a two-stage deadline model. It has a total budget of EUR 14.000.000.

There is an estimated funding per project of up to EUR 7 million but submissions could request other amounts with no preclude. Projects focused on Continental, Pannonia and Boreal regions of Europe will have preference over other regions.

Activities shall assess the use of small water retention approaches for managing excess and shortage of water and nutrient recovery from water streams. Work should focus on affordable and easy-to-implement at the farm level solutions including an economic analysis of proposed measures as well as maintenance of the infrastructure, and must ensure cooperation between farmers and stakeholders.

It will be important to assess and consider:

  • The link between agricultural land management and soil-water management for increased nutrient uptake and water retention.
  • The need for adaptation to climate change and its impact on ecosystem services.
  • Long-term benefits for the farm and the local ecosystem.


Expected Impact. In the short to medium term:

  • Improved understanding of how small water retention within different climatic zones can contribute to water-use efficiency at the farm level;
  • Identification of tools and techniques for stream nutrients recovery and re-use of water at the scale of the agricultural catchment;
  • Identification of economically sustainable technologies for dry and wet spell water management at the farm and catchment levels.


Source: SFS Work Programme

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