At the fifth anniversary of the launch of the second wave of Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), the ten initiatives have presented a new brochure and factsheets on all JPIs. The new folder explains the benefits of participating in a Joint Programming Initiative, provides an overview of the governance model and highlights the implementation actions for transnational cooperation. In addition to the general introduction to Joint Programming, all JPIs developed a factsheet with an overview of member countries, objectives and key achievements.
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) were launched in the major research fields focused on tackling the Grand Societal Challenges via European Council conclusions in 2009. JPIs are Member State-led, bringing together national research funding organisations, ministries and research councils both in Europe and further afield. This ambition, of aligning national programmes, strategies and policies, extends beyond the matching of RD&I funds. The alignment process covers various phases, from setting joint objectives and forging a common vision and a SRIA[i] between countries to developing appropriate framework conditions and selecting appropriate instruments. JPIs are long-term processes that contribute to EU and global policy objectives including EU2020 smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, UN Sustainable Development Goals and WHO goals. A portfolio of implementation measures and instruments, based on the developed strategies was, and continues to be, developed for supporting and strengthening joint transnational actions.
In recent years, the focus has been on developing and establishing the JPIs, their governance structures and portfolios. The coming years will be dedicated to scaling up the JPIs and strengthening and broadening their activities and instruments.
What are the benefits of participating in JPIs?
- JPIs entail new forms of long-term collaboration between local, regional, national and European policy makers and actors that reduce fragmentation and increase the impact of national RD&I investments
- JPIs are gateways for scientific excellence, relevance and international cooperation
- Participate to shaping R&I Priorities: being member of some initiatives may allow some institutions to participate to shaping future R&I priorities (e.g. as reports provided to the European Commission) and thus to promote their own field of activity.
- Find potential H2020 Partners: as each initiative or network is built on a community linked by a common interest for a certain subject, being part of one of this community or participating to their events is an excellent opportunity to find potential partners for H2020 proposals.
- Get funding: some initiatives have their own calls for proposals while others provide funding via H2020.
- Benefit from Dissemination & Communication opportunities: Participating to the Dissemination & Communication activities of some initiatives may help to gain visibility and promote their own achievements.
[i] SRIA (Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda: the SRIA is the backbone of the JPIs, being the reference document for the implementation of joint activities. It establishes research, development and innovation (RDI) priority actions to address the challenges in the relevant sector.