Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs)

Joint Programming aims at reinforcing cross-border cooperation and the coordination and integration of research programmes in Member States benefiting from public funding in a limited number of fields. Its objective is thus to help Europe tackle societal challenges by making the most of national budgets allocated to research.

Joint programming consists in defining a joint vision of the main socio-economic and environmental challenges with a view to preparing and implementing strategic research visions and agendas. For Member States, this can mean coordinating existing national programmes or designing new ones. In practice, this implies sharing resources, selecting the most appropriate instruments, implementing, monitoring and reviewing mutual progress. The participation of Member States is completely voluntary. Specifically, Member States are free to participate or nor to commit themselves, in accordance with the "variable geometry" principle.

Between 2009 and 2010 the following ten joint programming themes have been identified and launched:

  1. Neurodegenerative Diseases / Alzheimer's
  2. Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe
  3. Agriculture, Food security and climate change
  4. A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life
  5. More Years, Better Lives – The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change
  6. Urban Europe
  7. Antimicrobial Resistance
  8. Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans
  9. Water Challenges for a Changing World

10.  Connecting Climate Knowledge for Europe (JPI Climate).

Italy participates in all these initiatives through the combined efforts of all concerned ministries and research organizations, including ENEA, under the coordination of the Ministry of Education, University and Research. In particular, our country has been given the overall Coordination of the JPI Cultural heritage and Global Change.