The EIP Water is a European partnership aimed at accelerating innovations that address global societal challenges for the water sector. KWR’s CEO Wim van Vierssen is a member of the EIP Water Steering Group. Our knowledge institute also participates in the EIP Water Action Groups to achieve concrete results through the development and application of water innovations. The partnership must result in European research money being properly targeted for the actual production of innovations and their implementation by end-users.
European Innovation Partnership
The European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are collaborations aimed at improving European competitiveness, job creation and economic growth.
Since 2012, the EIP Water has been one of five European innovation partnerships initiated by the European Commission. Its goal is to accelerate innovations that address large, global, societal challenges for the water sector. This is done by bringing together the expertise and resources of public and private parties, so that innovations reach end-users fast. The EIP Water works with Action Groups: mixed teams of researchers, businesspeople and policy-makers.
KWR takes part in the Action Groups, Steering Group and Taskforce
Within the EIP Water, KWR plays a leading role in the ARREAU Action Group, for the promotion of resource recovery in the watercycle, and the City Blueprints Action Group, for benchmarking the sustainability of cities. We also participate in Action Groups in the fields of sensors and subsurface storage.
Via the EIP Water our researchers help shape European research programmes for the water sector. We advise the European Commission on what water knowledge has to be developed in preparation for future water issues, and on how innovations can be brought to the market. With the membership of our CEO, Wim van Vierssen, in the EIP Water Steering Group, we bear a leadership responsibility together with public and private organisations in fleshing out the theme of water and innovation. Moreover, KWR’s Programme Manager Theo van den Hoven sits on the EIP Taskforce on Water.
From research money to applied innovation
The EIP Water must result in European research money being properly targeted for the actual production of innovations and their implementation by end-users. KWR contributes by facilitating, supporting and accelerating innovative solutions to water sector challenges.