Worldwide 1.2 billion people suffer inadequate access to clean water. Nanotechnology is expected to improve the water filtration with lower cost and energy. These are the major motivations for undertaking the WATER action that rely on the local know-how on nanotechnologies of the CNR (Italian National Research Council), aiming to develop novel applications attracting industrial and service assets.

The action includes widening of the existing research infrastructures; exchange of know-how and personnel with partners to tackle the issues of the proposed nanotech-based innovation and improve the opportunities of collaborative research; reinforcement of research staff; strengthening of management capacities; innovative dissemination actions both for specialists and broader audience; development of a strategic plan for the intellectual property.