Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) bring together committed Member States and Associated Countries to develop and implement a joint Strategic Research Agenda on a specific theme. JPIs are linked to the European Societal Challenges . The Societal Challenges are considered too vast for one country to tackle solely and pooling of national resources allows larger capacity for research and innovation. JPIs are designed to overcome the fragmentation of national research programmes to address global challenges.
In order to enable Member States to participate in line with their national priorities, JPI actions are voluntary, and on a variable geometry basis – for each activity the set of participating countries can vary. JPI’s can decide to implement a wide array of actions, ranging from organising a joint research Call or proposing topics for ERA-NET Cofunds to the EC to longer-term joint programming of national research policy. A JPI action therefor does not automatically result in research funding on the short term.
The JPIs aim to add value by:
- Alignment of National Research Policies & Programmes;
- Planning common and flexible initiatives;
- Facilitating cooperation and foresighting;
- Establishing efficient mechanisms for interaction and knowledge transfer between the scientific community, industry & services, and policy makers at high level to more effectively solve the grand challenges.