Ten years of Joint Programming: Driving research and innovation to address global challenges
Research on major societal challenges can best be addressed through combined European efforts. With this notion, the European Commission (EC) introduced joint programming in 2007 as a new approach to improve coordination of Members States’ national research programmes. This resulted in the launch of the first Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) in 2008. Ten years down the road, European countries have addressed global challenges in ten Joint Programming Initiatives.
In view of the past achievements, and development of the next EU Framework Programme, the role of JPIs, and public-to-public partnerships (P2Ps) in general, is under discussion. At the conference "10 Years Joint programming – Achievements and the Way Forward"*, held in Vienna on 19 and 20 September, the JPI’s, Member States and the EC reflected on the experiences of JPIs and discussed the establishment of mission-oriented or challenge-driven research and innovation programmes against future requirements of the European Research Area (ERA) and the 9th Framework Programme. At the conference the JPI Chairs presented a Joint Declaration on how to proceed: "Driving research and innovation to address global challenges". Its aim is to strengthen Europe's pioneering role in achieving the UN Agenda 2030 and its sustainable development goals. The declaration states some key achievements of the ten JPIs over the past years, and looks into the future of joint programming.
*: The conference took place within the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and was organised by JPI Urban Europe and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), in cooperation with all JPIs, and on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF).