International cooperation

International cooperation

Our knowledge for roads, waterways and water systems does not come to us on its own. Internationally, we co-operate with sister organisations, universities and a large number of international authorities and government agencies. Rijkswaterstaat takes part in several European research programmes.

EU projects

FP7 and H2020

  • CHARM: Common Highways Agency Rijkswaterstaat Model
  • CODECS: COoperative ITS DEployment Coordination Support
  • Infravation: ERA-NET Plus on Infrastructure Innovation
  • ERA-NET TRANSPORT electromobility +
  • FOT-NET 2: Field Operational Test Networking and Methodology Promotion
  • HeERO: Harmonised eCall European Pilot
  • INFORM: Improved monitoring and forecasting of ecological status of European INland waters by combining Future earth ObseRvation data and Models
  • JERICO-NEXT: Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory
  • MOBINET: Europe Wide Platform for Connected Mobility Services
  • NaNoReg: A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials
  • Platina II: Platform for the implementation of NAIADES
  • PPI 4 WASTE: Promotion of Public Procurement of Innovation for Resource Efficiency and Waste Treatment
  • V-Con: Virtual Construction for Roads


  • ACCSEAS: Accessibility for Shipping, Efficiency Advantages and Sustainability
  • ALFA: adaptive land use for flood alleviation
  • DYMAPHY: Development of a DYnamic observation system for the assessment of MArine water quality, based on PHYtoplankton analysis
  • EMOVE: Estuaries on the move 
  • Pro-Tide: Developing, Testing anf Promoting Tidal energy in coastal and estuarine zones
  • ScaldWIN: better quality of surface and groundwater bodies in the Scheldt International River Basin District
  • Building with Nature evidence base for the use of nature-based solutions in the North Sea region
  • FAIR: developing instruments for long-term planning and adaptive design of flood defense infrastructure in the North Sea region
  • JOMOPANS: developing a framework for a fully operational joint monitoring program for ambient noise in the North Sea
  • BE-GOOD: generating value from and stimulating sustainable ecosystems for open data in regions in North–West Europe


  • A better LIFE for Bittern: Biotope Improvement and development for bittern and great reed warbler in the IJsseldelta REBUS - Developing resource efficient business models
  • EQual: Ensuring quality of waste-derived products to achieve resource efficiency
  • ECAP: European Sustainable Clothing Action Plan
  • Solar Highways: Solar panels as integrated constructive elements in highway noise barriers
  • Urban-Adapt



  • EMODnet: European Marine Observation and Data network Coastal mapping project

Joint research centre

Intelligent Energy Europe

EU Twinning

Europe Aid

DG Environment

Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA)

International projects outside EU

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the US Department of Transportation in the 1970’s. Ever since we have cooperated with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) on several matters in the field of water systems, flood management, traffic management/Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The same goes for China on traffic management, water systems, inland navigation and Japan on ITS.

Office for European Programmes

The Office for European Programmes is a centre of expertise for European programmes established by Rijkswaterstaat in 2013. Its mission is to stimulate, facilitate, and manage the cooperation with our European and other international partners in relation to research and innovation projects. 

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