European programme for research and innovation

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is a European programme for research and innovation aimed at strengthening European competitiveness. In consultation with the public and private sectors, KWR works within Horizon 2020 on solutions for societal challenges and scientific innovation. For water companies and other end-users participation in the European programme’s projects means that they gain a European perspective on innovation.

Horizon 2020: strengthen Europe’s competitiveness

The European programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), has an €80 billion budget to stimulate contributions towards solving societal challenges and scientific innovation. The objective is to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness by developing innovation and industry.

KWR participates in Horizon 2020 projects

KWR’s participation in Horizon 2020 underlines the importance that we, as an applied research institute, attach to the interaction between the public and private sectors at an international level. Together with knowledge partners, water companies, industry and technology providers from practically every European region, we contribute to solutions for societal challenges. Among our areas of focus are health, safety, infrastructure, climate change and the circular economy. In the area of scientific innovation, we pursue international collaborations with universities.

We participate in the following Horizon 2020 projects:

  • Fiware4Water (2019-2022): Creating the ecosystem for next generation of internet services linked to smart city initiatives.
  • NextGen (2018-2022): Towards the next generation of water systems and services for the circular economy.
  • HeatStore (2018-2023): Underground Thermal Energy Storage facilitates the low-carbon transition of the heating and cooling sector.
  • WatQual (2018-2019): Water quality in drinking water distribution systems.
  • STOP-IT (2017-2021): Physical and cyber protection of critical water infrastructures.
  • AQUARIUS (2017-2019): Proposing disruptive improvements in laser based water sensing.
  • REWATCH (2016-2019): Water reuse in the petrochemical industry.
  • SPECTORS (2016-2020): Unlock the market potential of civilian drone technology through sensor innovations for remote sensing and remote monitoring.
  • POWER (2015-2019): Integrated approach to urban water management through a combination of social, technological and political innovation.
  • ANSWER (2015-2019): Research into the transmission of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in wastewater to humans and the environment via the soil, water and crop.

European perspective on water sector challenges

By participating in Horizon 2020 projects, water companies and other end-users get close to the sources of innovative knowledge and expertise. They strengthen their network at the European level and learn from each other’s solutions, which provides them with a broader perspective on the challenges the water sector struggles with. This strengthens the effectiveness of water company operations.