Joint programming initiatives

Why Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) are needed

European national research programmes are among the best in the world, but they cannot tackle some of today's major societal challenges alone.

These challenges include:

  • addressing climate change
  • ensuring energy and food supply
  • healthy ageing of citizens

The aim of the joint programming process is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe's research and development resources and tackle common European challenges more effectively.

How they work

Joing Programming Initiatives are developed in a structured and strategic process where EU countries agree on a voluntary basis on common visions and Strategic Research Agendas (SRA) to address major societal challenges.

The Joint Programming process was launched by a Communication of the Commission in July 2008. The Competitiveness Council adopted several Conclusions since then to guide the development of the process. It has mandated a dedicated configuration of European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC)  andd the High Level Group on Joint Programming - GPC to steer the process and identify the themes for possible JPIs.

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Chart showing the rising amounts invested in joint calls
Cumulative amounts invested in joint calls related to JPIs. Includes mostly calls funded via the ERA-NET Cofund instrument

Cumulative amounts invested in joint calls related to JPIs. Includes mostly calls funded via the ERA-NET Cofund instrument

 

Current JPIs

The following Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) have been launched to date 

Related publications

Expert group report: Evaluation of joint programming to address grand societal challenges, March 2016

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