Call with India on cleaning the Ganga and Agri-Water

Joint call of NWO and DST

6 March 2020

NWO, through the Merian Fund, and the Indian Department of Science and Technology (DST) launched a joint call for proposals on ‘Cleaning the Ganga and Agri-Water’. The deadline for applications is 12 May.

Did you know? As a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus, DST and NWO have decided to pause the call on ‘Cleaning the Ganga and Agri-Water’, with the original deadline of 12 May. The call will be resumed one month after the Indian and Dutch measures have been suspended. DST and NWO will then announce the revised schedule and new timelines. The webinar, which is planned on 8 April, will be postponed.

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'Cleaning the Ganga' is defined as high priority field for the Indian and Dutch governments and water sector. The main objective of this call is to support interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches that contribute to Cleaning the Ganga, in particular related to the impact of agriculture on the Ganga water system in the Hindon sub-basin. This requires a better understanding of the impact of agriculture on the water quality and availability in catchment areas. Furthermore, the call aims for knowledge to develop effective interventions in the agricultural water management to reduce negative effects, including technical and non-technical application-oriented solutions, as well as the governance and policy recommendations required for sustainable implementation.

Areas of interest

The following three areas of research are being distinguished that are all expected to be addressed in research proposals to some extent:

  • River basin system understanding, data and monitoring
  • Interventions to improve agricultural water management
  • Recommendations for implementation


On 8 April 2020 a webinar will be organised for potential applicants to provide more information on the requirements and application procedure of the Cleaning the Ganga and Agri-Water call. Specific attention will be paid to the Impact Strategy approach in the programme.


About the Merian Fund

The Merian Fund is a fund for international cooperation with (emerging) science countries. The common thread within the Merian Fund is international research to promote the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals worldwide.

The Merian Fund cooperates with seven partners in five countries: FAPESP (Brazil), NSFC and CAS (China), DST and DBT (India), RISTEKDIKTI ( Indonesia) and NRF (South Africa). WOTRO Science for Global Development is responsible for the implementation of the calls under the Merian Fund.

Source: NWO