Through its research policy, the EU supports various networking initiatives which help bring scientists from different countries together and scientists, industry and farmers together. These platforms and networks design strategic research agendas and can inspire innovation on the ground.
The EU promotes different types of platforms, networks or joint initiatives which are relevant to agriculture and forestry research and innovation:
- European technology platforms – ETPs: industry-led stakeholder fora that develop research and innovation agendas and roadmaps for action at EU and national level
- Joint Programming Initiatives - JPIs: initiatives to pool national research efforts to optimise use of Europe's public R&D expenditure.
- Other public-private or public-public partnerships.