Ten years of Joint Programming: Driving research and innovation to address global challenges
Research on some key societal issues, or global 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. After the first draft for this coordination mechanism was laid down, Member States were asked to establish and implement joint research programmes based on the existing national ones. 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. Through joint programme planning among the participating countries, transnational research strategies and joint implementation of research funding has complemented the efforts of the European Commission in European research programming.
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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 on the 19th and 20th of September in Vienna, the JPI’s, Member States and the European Commission (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. During 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, as well as looks into the future of joint programming:
"Over the last ten years, JPls have proven to be effective strategic partnerships that significantly enhance the European Research Area. They provide unique portfolios of instruments that are designed to address those challenges and inform transitions towards sustainable futures. By doing so, JPls are contributing to achieving key global goals included under the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."