NSERC Participating in Joint Call for international collaborative projects on water


WaterWorks 2015 is funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020. Alongside Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), NSERC is collaborating with 21 countries to support this call.


Joint Call on “Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors”

For More Information

For more information, please visit the 2016 Joint Call.


The aim of the 2016 Joint Call is to enable transnational, collaborative research, development and innovation projects addressing questions relating to the water challenges faced by society. The program intends to i) promote trans-disciplinary research, ii) encourage proposals combining basic and applied approaches, iii) stimulate mobility of researchers within the consortia, iv) enhance collaborative research and innovation during the project’s lifespan and beyond, and v) promote international cooperation in the water area.

NSERC’s participation in this joint program reinforces the importance of fostering close relationships with domestic and international partners. Going global allows our research community to access a pool of knowledge and expertise to further contribute to world-class research.

Two types of projects are available through this funding opportunity:

  • Projects involving Canadian researchers and their European partners; and
  • Projects involving Canadian researchers, European partners and researchers from low and middle income countries (LMICs).

For more information on specific eligible research topics, please refer to the 2016 Joint Call.


Canadian researchers may be eligible for NSERC funding through both types of projects. NSERC will provide up to $750,000 CAD in total funding to the 2016 joint call. IDRC’s funding envelope totals $250,000 CAD and will be reserved for applicants from LMICs.

In addition, there is an opportunity for Canadian researchers to obtain funding to support the mobility of students in their proposals, through the Mitacs Globalink Research Awards and Globalink Partnership Awards. This provides an excellent opportunity for senior undergraduate and graduate students to undertake research in a university lab or complete a research internship at a company in Europe in successfully-funded projects. In total, Mitacs will provide support up to 10 students per year for a total of $50,000 CAD per year. 

Indirect Costs


Project Duration

Each international project will have a duration ranging between 24 (twenty-four) and 36 (thirty-six) months.

Special Notes

1st STAGE – PRE-PROPOSAL DEADLINE to sponsor: Please submit your pre-proposal directly to the sponsor by April 19, 2016, 17h00 (CEST).

2nd STAGE – FULL PROPOSAL INTERNAL DEADLINE to Office of Research Services: Please submit your full proposal (if invited), along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca by September 1, 2016.

2nd STAGE – FULL PROPOSAL EXTERNAL DEADLINE to sponsor: September 15, 2016, 17h00 (CEST).

How to Apply

  • Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NSERC for more information on participating in this call, e.g. with respect to building a consortium with European partners
  • Pre-proposals and full proposals must be submitted via the sponsor’s electronic submission platform
For Questions, please contact

For more information on Canada’s participation in this joint call, please contact NSERC at 613-943-1320 or waterworks@nserc-crsng.gc.ca

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Katie Meyer Beck, Director, Research Support Services
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