Joint Programming Initiatives
The idea of Joint Planning in Research was adopted by the European Council in 2008 with the aim of cooperating with European countries and jointly addressing current social, economic, environmental and other challenges.
To select and monitor Joint Planning Initiatives, the Council set up the High Level Planning Group (GPC). The Group has selected and supported the development of ten Joint Planning Initiatives (JPIs) that cover a wide range of international challenges. Cyprus has made a significant contribution to the operation of the Group, highlighted by the chairmanship of GPC for the period 2016-2019.
Each JPI designs a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), with the aim of identifying long-term research priorities in the relevant field. Based on the SRIA, a Joint Implementation Framework for common measures and actions is then set up by the participating countries. These measures include Joint Calls for Proposals involving bodies from Member States. These Calls are often funded by the participating countries and the European Commission.
A significant number (15-25) of European countries and the European Commission typically participate in each JPI. Their governance is determined by the participating countries. Cyprus, through the RIF, participates as a full member in four (4) Joint Programming Initiatives.
JPI on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
The FACCE JPI is committed to building an integrated European Research Area addressing the interconnected challenges of sustainable agriculture, food security and impacts of climate change. By providing and steering research FACCE-JPI supports sustainable agricultural production and economic growth, to contribute to a European bio-based economy, while maintaining and restoring ecosystem services under current and future climate change.
In order to achieve its objectives, the JPI launches Joint Transnational Calls for Proposals. Furthermore, the FACCE-JPI also collaborates with other initiatives and transnational networks such as ERANET Biodiversa, Belmont Forum, Global Research Allowance (GRA) countries on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases for the launch of Joint Calls.
The «Water Challenges for a Changing World» JPI (Water JPI) aims at tackling the problem of the reduction of available water resources with an emphasis on both the quality and quantity of water reserves for a sustainable European and global economy in Europe.
The objectives of this JPI, include improving ecosystem sustainability and human wellbeing, developing safe water systems for citizens, promoting competitiveness in the water industry, implementing a water-wise bio-based economy and closing the water cycle gap.
JPI Urban Europe
JPI Urban Europe was created in 2010 to address the global urban challenges of today with the ambition to develop a European research and innovation hub on urban matters and create European solutions by means of coordinated research.
Through its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA), the JPI URBAN EUROPE defines long term research priorities and joint implementation measures, forming the basis for Joint Calls and activities.
JPI on Cultural Heritage
The Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) entitled “Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a New Challenge for Europe” (JPICH) aims at developing sustainable cooperation between national programmes and funding organizations on Cultural Heritage themes and launching joint, transnational calls for the funding of RTD projects.
The objectives of the initiative include: exploring the correlation between cultural heritage and climate change, the correlation between the protection of cultural heritage and its importance for society as well as the protection and security of cultural heritage.
Article 185 Initiatives & ERANETs Networks
Article 185 initiatives are public-public partnerships established by EU Member States and associated countries, eligible for a substantial financial contribution from the EU’s Framework Programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020.
They aim at addressing common challenges in specific research areas by creating economies of scale and synergies between national and EU research programmes and investments.
Active and Assisted Living (AAL)
AAL is a funding programme, of which Cyprus is a founding member, that aims to create better quality of life for older people and to strengthen industrial opportunities specifically in the field of healthy ageing technology and innovation. Funded projects work towards creating market-ready products and services for older people. SMEs, research bodies and other organisations participate in funded projects.
The Eurostars Programme is an initiative of the EUREKA network under Article 185. It is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs, and co-funded by the member countries. It is fine-tuned to focus on the needs of SMEs, and specifically targets the development of new products, processes and services and the access to transnational and international markets. Two calls of Proposals are announced per year.
Τhe Program aims to develop a sustainable mechanism to support small and medium-sized enterprises in the field of research and development and to facilitate their access to sources of funding through simple procedures for the evaluation and funding of research proposals.
PRIMA – Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area
PRIMA is a partnership established at the initiative of Mediterranean EU Member States, including Cyprus, for EU participation in a joint research and innovation Programme specifically focusing on developing and implementing innovative solutions for food and water resources systems in the Mediterranean.
M-ERA.NET was established in 2012 to support and increase the coordination of European research and innovation programmes and related funding in materials science and engineering. M-ERA.NET contributes to the restructuring of the European Research Area (ERA) and implementation of EU policies, enhancing funding schemes at regional, national and European levels.
SOLAR-ERA.NET, aims to undertake joint research, technological development and innovation activities in the field of electricity generation from solar energy, in particular from the use of Photovoltaic (PV) and Concentrating Solar Power CSP) technologies.