Joint Programming Initiatives are a pan-European instrument to tackle major societal challenges in Europe. The programme aligns national research programmes across the continent on the main research topics.
Under the initiatives programme, the European member states and associated states develop a shared vision in specific topic areas, draw up a strategic research agenda and jointly implement the research objectives. The Joint Programming process was launched in 2008 by the European Commission. The states involved cooperate in a structured and strategic process, sharing their ideas and research agendas in order to effectively address and meet major societal challenges such as climate change, energy security and food security.
Countries can choose if they wish to take part in individual joint programming initiatives, getting involved where they have an interest in working with others to solve an issue. It is a great advantage of the programme that problems that cannot be addressed alone at national level can be tackled jointly with other countries. This means limited resources for research and development can be pooled, and synergies better exploited. The research projects are funded primarily by the participating states.
Currently there are ten Joint Programming Initiatives:
- Alzheimer and other Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND)*
- Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE)*
- A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life*
- Cultural Heritage and Global Change: A New Challenge for Europe
- Urban Europe - Global Urban Challenges, Joint European Solutions
- Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (CliK'EU)
- More Years, Better Lives - The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change*
- Antimicrobial Resistance- The Microbial Challenge - An Emerging Threat to Human Health*
- Water Challenges for a Changing World
- Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans
* JPIs in which Switzerland is involved
This kind of international cooperation in research and innovation is hugely important to Switzerland, as science, by its very nature, thrives on the sharing of ideas across borders. SERI does the groundwork for Switzerland to take part in relevant organisations, programmes and initiatives. It also represents Switzerland in their various steering committees.