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What is SPLASH?

What is SPLASH?

SPLASH is the name of the European Union Water Initiative Research Area Network (EUWI ERA-net). It is a consortium of 16 ministries, funding agencies and national research and technological development authorities from 11 European countries.

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Effective water research can play an important role in supporting developing nations to meet the challenge of providing poor people with access to safe water supplies and improved sanitation. Previous research in the water sector has generally been programmed and managed in isolation by different donors such that overlap and duplication has occurred, and specific gaps and issues may not have been addressed.

How can SPLASH help?

SPLASH is working towards making the concept of a 'European Research Area' a reality by bringing together appropriate research partner programmes from across Europe in a coherent and coordinated way. Combining national research programmes in this way means that more ambitious activities can be tackled than are possible when programmes are working independently of each other. The project focus is Africa and the Mekong region.

How does SPLASH work?

Within the context of water and sanitation research, SPLASH will:

  • coordinate between existing programmes to minimize duplication and identify gaps
  • ensure that good research management practice is known and used
  • improve knowledge sharing between researchers and practitioners to speed up the transfer of research findings into policy and practice
  • agree a research agenda and jointly funded activities which can benefit from a transnational approach, with European partners working together