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Joint Programming Initiatives

Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) are inter-governmental collaboration that was defined by the European Commission in 2008 as a part of building a European Research Area (ERA). The overall aim of joint programming is to pool national research efforts to tackle grand societal challenges that cannot be solved solely on the national level.

In joint programming, member states are motivated to coordinate national research activities, group resources, benefit from complementarities and develop common research agenda, to overcome bottlenecks and to provide the long-term, stable research base that is needed to address major societal challenges.

The European Commission has launched 10 JPIs to date. BBSRC provides the UK Research Council lead for the JPI on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). We are also involved with JPI – A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (JPI-HDHL).