In Europe, as well as globally, we face a number of societal challenges that no country or region can tackle alone. Addressing these so-called Grand Societal Challenges efficiently and effectively requires combined efforts and new ways of collaboration between countries.
In this context, the European Commission introduced Joint Programming (JP) to the European Parliament and the Council of European Union in 2008. It is one of the priorities for implementing the European Research Area (ERA). JP is an intergovernmental process enabling European Member States and associated and third countries to participate in those joint research programming activities that are strategically important and offer synergies. The objective is to better align the 85 per cent of research and innovation investments spent at national level.
Today, there are 10 Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) with the aim to tackle Grand Societal Challenges. In a new brochure they explain the benefits of participating in a Joint Programming Initiative. In addition to the general introduction to Joint Programming all JPIs developed a factsheet with an overview of member countries, objectives and key achievements. The brochure and the factsheets were presented at the Annual Joint Programming Conference on 22-23 November 2016 in Brussels.
ZonMw is involved in 4 JPIs: