JPI OCEANS: JPI Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans

JPI Oceans was established in 2011, as a coordinating and integrating strategic platform, open to all EU Member States and Associated Countries, who invest in marine and maritime research. JPI Oceans covers all European sea basins with 21 participating countries and provides a long-term integrated approach to marine and maritime research and technology development in Europe. Seas and oceans namely provide an essential part of our wealth and well-being. The EU’s maritime regions account for around 40% of its GDP and the maritime economy for 3 to 5%.

JPI Oceans focuses on making better and more efficient use of national research budgets and on developing joint research programmes in which countries can be involved on a voluntary basis. Participating countries decide what contribution to make, which may include institutional, project-related or new funding. It also encourages working with non- EU countries on research and policy initiatives in order to achieve its objectives and will actively seek out partnerships with non-EU countries. 

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JPI “Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe

The Joint Programming InitiativeJPI Climate is a pan-European intergovernmental initiative, bringing together European countries to jointly coordinate climate research and fund new transnational research initiatives that provide useful climate knowledge and services for post-COP21 Climate Action.

JPI Climate aims at responding to the knowledge needs of the policy and the European society at large to address climate change, and to:

JPI Climate furthermore:Foster an excellent science base, world-class research infrastructures and a new generation of researchers;

  • Cooperate with partners in advanced, emerging and developing countries;
  • Achieve greater impacts through involvement of the public and private sectors in knowledge creation and mobilisation;
  • Innovate with the end-users on societal transformation for resilience and sustainability.

JPI Climate furthermore:

  • Provides a platform to align national research priorities according to a jointly agreed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) with the aim of complementing and supporting initiatives at the European level (ERA-NETs, Horizon 2020, Climate KIC, ESFRI Projects, Copernicus),
  • Facilitates the coordination, collaboration and exploitation of synergies in climate change research, learning and innovation while working against fragmentation and duplication of efforts,
  • Connects different disciplinary approaches in natural and social sciences leading to interdisciplinary research efforts of higher quality and relevance,
  • Connects top researchers and research groups from different European countries, leading to high quality and efficient research efforts, long term collaborations and a stronger global position,
  • Connects scientific insights with the demands of policy makers, decision makers and other stakeholders from local to international levels, leading to more effective policies.

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The benefits of participating in JPIs

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.

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Relevant speakers and a large public of stakeholders at the Water JPI conference

200 stakeholders attended the first annual international conference of the Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) held in Rome on the 19th May 2016. During the event, the new version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was presented and , its implementation and the benefits from international cooperation were discussed. The conference was chaired by Padraic Larkin (Ireland), Water JPI co-chair.

Maurice Héral, the Water JPI President, highlighted in his introductory speech, the present and future challenges related to water availability in the world and the importance of research in bringing effective solutions to tackle the threat of water stresses in many areas of the world.

This global and long term vision of water management was also supported by the FAO representative, Olcay Ünver, who focused his intervention on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular on the challenges related to goal 6 concerning access to water and sanitation for all.

Panos Balabanis of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission explained strategies and initiatives to improve the role of Europe in the global water market, which in 2010 was estimated 480 billion of USD, through increased investments in science and technology vital to address global societal challenges in a more efficient and effective way.

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The Water JPI 2016 Joint Call is open!

The Water and FACCE JPIs announced the launching of a call for international and transnational collaborative research projects on “Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors”.

The call is open from 16.2.2016 with a closing date for the submissions pre-proposals on 19.4.2016.

For detailed information on how to apply and to access all the support documentation and templates (Call Announcement, National/Regional Regulations, Pre-Proposal Templates), please consult the 2016 Joint Call Official Webpage.

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2016 Water JPI Conference in Rome on 19 May 2016

The Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) will host its 2016 Conference in Rome on the 19th May 2016. This international event is targeted to a wide range of stakeholders and will present the new version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), and discuss on how to implement it and the benefits from international cooperation.

The WATER JPI SRIA version 2.0 lays out research, innovation and development needs in the water sector grouped by thematic areas and priorities selected after a stakeholders’ consultation for their scientific and societal importance and structured around these five core themes: Improving Ecosystem Sustainability and Human Well-being; Developing Safe Water Systems for the Citizens; Promoting Competitiveness in the Water Industry; Implementing a Water-Wise Bio-Based Economy; Closing the Water Cycle Gap Improving Sustainable water Resources Management.

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Consultation on JPI Climate’s Revised Strategy

The Joint Programming Initiative ‘Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe’ (JPI Climate) is currently revising its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for years 2016-2025. The revision follows the COP 21 arrangements and aims at addressing the challenge to make the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy, to increase Europe’s climate resilience as well as to provide knowledge base needed in support  for that transition.

The consultation seeks to inform the updating of the SRA and the further steps towards its implementation. To that end, the aim of the consultation is to receive input on potential needs, actions and tools  that could be addressed by JPI Climate to respond to the challenges identified in the revised SRA as well as on how those issues could be tackled in an effective and efficient way. The responses to the consultation will allow JPI Climate to better understand where its actions can have the added values and the greatest impact.

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Pre-announcement of a new 2016 Joint Call by Water JPI and FACCE JPI

The Water Joint Programming Initiative ( Water JPI) and the Agriculture Food Security and Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative (FACCE JPI) published, on 15 of January 2016, a pre-announcement of the upcoming call for multi-national collaborative research projects. The topics of the call are the following and applicants must address at least one of them:  Sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors by:

  • Increasing the efficiency and resilience of water uses;
  • Monitoring and reducing soil and water pollution;
  • Integrating social and economic dimensions into the sustainable management and governance of water resources.

The budget of the call amounts to 26M€. It is primarily funded by 26 funding organisations from 23 countries (see the table with participating countries below) , with 7.9 M€ support coming from the WaterWorks 2015 ERA-NET Cofund. The WaterWorks2015 ERA-NET Cofund was launched in January 2016 in support of the Water JPI. It is funded by the European Commission under H2020 and aims at tackling water challenges at European and international levels through the development of transnational and transdisciplinary research and innovation actions.

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JPI Urban Europe organizes High Profile Event – Brussels, 29 & 30 September 2015

JPI Urban Europe organizes the conference “Transition towards sustainable and liveable urban futures” as well as the launching of the JPI Urban Europe Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. The event, jointly organized with European institutions, will take place in Brussels on Tuesday the 29th and Wednesday the 30th September 2015.

The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe has developed a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) with the ambition to set a scene for and ensure its contribution to a new urban research and innovation paradigm. The SRIA tackles the complexity of urbanisation by bridging the innovation space from strategic research to implementation. It promotes new ways to facilitate urban transition towards sustainable, resilient and liveable urban areas.

At the event the SRIA will be presented to a wide audience of urban stakeholders in order to raise commitment of the relevant stakeholders in policy, research and innovation communities and to prepare the first steps towards the implementation of the SRIA. A multitude of European Union representatives and delegates from all JPI Urban Europe member states will be present. This broad spectrum of participants makes this conference of interest for: policy-makers; mayors; city administration; urban practitioners; urban experts and research; representatives from Member States; Brussels-based urban networks and European institutions. By bringing together this tailored group of urban stakeholders, the event ensures added value and facilitates qualitative networking opportunities.

A dedicated session will focus on Climate change and urban sustainability. Cities are subject to external and internal influences that can have transformative impacts on their fortunes, even for human life. In an era of globalization, climate change and cultural diversity cities need to be agile. They need to be able to accommodate and proactively respond to disruptive events. The session will discuss approaches to necessary infrastructural an regulatory changes to manage urban transitions in the light of these conditions.

For a provisional programme click here
For registration click here

 

Source : http://jpi-urbaneurope.eu