Joint Programming Initiatives*

The overall aim of the Joint Programming process is to pool national research efforts in order to make better use of Europe's precious public R&D resources and to tackle common European challenges more effectively in a few key areas.

Horizon 2020 will support Joint Programming Initiatives when they are in line with the agenda.


It is a structured and strategic process whereby Member States agree, on a voluntary basis and in a partnership approach, on common visions and Strategic Research Agendas (SRA) to address major societal challenges. On a variable geometry basis, Member States commit to Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) where they implement together joint Strategic Research Agendas

Target Group
Promotion and Networking activities
Source Regions
European Union
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Eligible Regions
European Union
Eligible Countries
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Proposal Submission

At the end of 2010, the GPC produced a report on the first two years of the Joint Programming process and adopted Guidelines on for Framework Conditions on Joint Programming


The Guidelines should facilitate the implementation of JPIs by providing advice on administrative, normative and regulatory factors considered essential for the effective implementation of Joint Programming in Research such as:

  • Peer Review Procedures
  • Foresight Activities
  • Evaluation of Joint Programmes
  • Funding of Cross-border Research by National or Regional Authorities
  • Optimum Dissemination and Use of Research Findings
  • Protection, Management and Sharing of Intellectual Property Rights.

Based on the result of the GPC, the Council, upon a proposal by the Commission, recommends a limited number of areas in which to implement Joint Programming in priority.

From there on, participation of Member States in each initiative is "à la carte", based on voluntary commitments leading to partnerships composed of variable groups of countries. For each initiative, participating countries will start with:

  • Developing a shared vision for the area;
  • Defining a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and SMART objectives (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound); and
  • Preparing for implementation of the SRA by analysing the options, assessing expected impacts and defining the best mix of instruments to be used.

The Commission facilitates the Joint Programming process and, if they so wish, support Member States for Joint Programming by:

  • Financing support actions to their management
  • Launching possible complementary measures to actions undertaken jointly by participating countries as identified in each JPI Strategic Research Agenda
  • Linking the JPIs to international actions and bodies where the Commission represents the EU
  • Reporting on the JPI progress to the Council and informing the European Parliament.

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* These initiatives are not financed fully from the EU's budget.