JPI “Water challenges for a changing world”

JPI Water is one of the altogether 10 Joint Programming Initiatives, launched in December 2011.[1]

JPIs were launched via European Council conclusions in 2009. They are inter-governmental collaborations meant to tackle major societal challenges unable to be addressed by individual countries and in doing so contribute to the development of the European Research Area. Member States and Associated Countries participate in joint initiatives on a voluntary basis in order to increase the value of relevant national and European R&D funding through joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes.

The aim of JPI Water is to tackle the challenge of “achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe and abroad,” by dealing with research in the field of water and hydrological sciences. The availability of water in sufficient quantities and adequate quality is a public issue of high priority and addresses a pan-European and global environmental challenge. Europe invests an estimated amount of 500 million € per year to fund public research and innovation activities in water. While European countries invest 370 million €, the European Commission invests 130 million €.

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Transformations to sustainability programme – T2S

The Transformations to Sustainability Programme (T2S) is a research initiative of the International Social Science Council (ISSC),[1] implemented in partnership with members of the Belmont Forum. [2]

The programme supports research to help advance transformations to more sustainable and equitable societies around the globe. It aims at providing a deeper understanding of the processes and impacts of the transformative social change in the context of global environmental change. It facilitates the creation of solutions to the problems of environmental change and sustainability, in the context of social and cultural diversity as well as promotes the use of the best knowledge about social transformations by researchers, educators, policy makers, practitioners, the private sector and citizens. 

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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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