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Joint Programming is a research and innovation policy concept driven by societal challenges. Its aim is to tackle grand societal challenges through more efficient use of resources, by the alignment of funding at national level and through decreasing fragmentation in the European Research Area (ERA). There are over seventy active ERA-NETs, six Article 185 initiatives and ten Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs); for an overview see our joint programming website. This monthly newsletter provides in a nutshell up-to-date information for scientists, (research) policy actors, and other stakeholders.
Newsletter 1 March 2017

About us

The joint programming officers of the division Wageningen International at Wageningen University & Research follow ERA policy and strategy, the JPIs, Art. 185 and ERA-NET (Cofund) Actions, with a focus on those in the areas of the bioeconomy, food, and the blue and green environment. We support involvement and liaise on the national as well as the European level. We coordinate the European platform of bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions, support SCAR in engaging countries in the coordination of national research programmes and activities and increasing its impact, work on alignment activities and European interactions of FACCE-JPI and Climate JPI, and are involved in organising ERA-NET Cofund programmes.


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Here is our selection of news on joint programming initiatives and activities. There is a consultation open on the article 185 instrument. A Strategic Research Agenda in blue bioeconomy is launched. There is a call for a new type of implementation action from JPIs, a  Policy Evaluation Network. A large number of projects are funded from a joint action by Water and FACCE-JPI. This, and more, in the items below. Enjoy reading.

Conference report Annual Joint Programming Conference in Brussels 2016 available

The Annual Joint Programming Conference 2016 focused on "Impacts of Public-Public Partnerships - expectations and experiences". The objective was to raise awareness and collect evidence of outcomes and impacts of P2Ps at European and national level. The report of this conference is available on the jointprogramming website.
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Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel pushes the bioeconomy higher up the European Commission's agenda

The Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel is developing a final version of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto. This is a document to serve the future orientation of the European Bioeconomy Strategy. The Manifesto is expected to be finalised after the summer.
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EC launched a public stakeholder consultation on Article 185 Initiatives

The European Commission (EC) recently opened a public consultation round to collect views of stakeholders on the preparation and implementation of Article 185 initiatives. The outcomes will be used in the evaluation of H2020, the preparation of the forthcoming  Framework Programme and future use of Article 185 as a legal basis of joint programmes between the EU and its Member States.The consultation will remain open until 30 April 2017
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WaterWorks2015 - 21 transnational projects recommended for funding

The joint call in the frame of the ERA-NET cofund WaterWorks2015 was launched in 2016 to support research on the sustainable management of water resources in agriculture, forestry and freshwater aquaculture sectors. The ERA-NET cofund initiative WaterWorks2015, a collaboration of Water JPI and FACCE JPI, will set up a programme on sustainable water use in agriculture, to increase water use efficiency and reduce soil and water pollution.The Netherlands participates in 5 of the recommended projects.
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Call for Evaluation Network on effectiveness of policies for lifestyle interventions

ERA-HDHL, the ERA-NET Cofund under the umbrella of the JPI ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ announced a new joint funding action implementing HDHL objectives. The aim of the call is to establish a transnational, multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behaviour with standardized protocols across Europe. The Netherlandds (ZonMW) is in the list of countries that agreed to fund this network. The deadline for the submission of the Expression of Interest letters ends on March 31st 2017. 
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A new call for research projects on Microbiome, Diet and Health

On 26 January 2017 HDHL-INTIMIC launched the call  "Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health", cofunded by the European Union. It aims to support multinational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the cause-and-effect relationships between diet, the intestinal microbiome and human health. The submission deadline for pre-proposals is 5 April 2017. The Netherlands (ZonMw) participates in this call.
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New call from the JPI on Anti Microbial Resistance

JPIAMR has launched a fifth joint call for transnational research projects. The theme is the comparison of prevention, control and intervention strategies for AMR infections through multidisciplinary studies, including One Health approaches. The pre-proposal submission deadline is 21 March 2017. The Netherlands (ZonMw) participates in this call.
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JPI Oceans conference, 26 October 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

The conference will present the first results of the actions and projects initiated under the framework of JPI Oceans and will provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from research and industry to network and discuss with policy makers from across Europe. 
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Call on maritime and marine technologies launched

The new ERA-NET Cofund MarTERA has launched a joint call for transnational research and innovation projects in maritime and marine technologies.The call has a total budget of about 30 M €. The Netherlands (NWO) participates in the call. The closing date for pre-proposals is 31 March 2017. The overall goal of MarTERA is to strengthen the European Research Area (ERA) in maritime and marine technologies as well as Blue Growth.
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COFASP Strategic Research Agenda for fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing

At its final conference in December in Kiel, the ERA-NET for cooperation in fisheries, aquaculture and seafood processing launched its SRA, and at the COFASP Policy Day on 10 January in Brussels, the funding partners of the COFASP ERA-NET presented and discussed the main findings and how to utilise these in future policy work and collaborations in the research area. COFASP aims to strengthen cooperation in European research on sustainable exploitation of marine resources in the seafood chains.  
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14 transnational projects selected for funding in ERA-NET SusAn

ERA-Net Cofund SusAn (Sustainable Animal Production) informed the participants on 19th January 2017 about the outcome of the first Co-funded Call. A total of 20 European countries will fund 14 projects with 16 mio EUR including Top-Up funding by the EU. Wageningen University & Research participates in 6 of the projects.
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SUSFOOD2  ERA-Net launched call on sustainable food production and consumption

SUSFOOD – the ERA-NET on SUStainable FOOD production and consumption starts into its second phase as ERA-NET Cofund under Horizon2020 with a 5-year runtime from January 2017 onwards. First action was the launch of a cofunded research and innovation call in which the Netherlands (NWO) participates. The submission deadline of the call is 13 March 2017. 
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ERA-net C-IPM held final conference

The ERA-net C-IPM (Coordinated Integrated Pest Management in Europe) drew to an end in December 2016. This was marked by a final conference held in Brussels on December 6, 2016 at which policymakers, researchers and stakeholders from the EU and 20 individual European countries were present. Stakeholders agreed on the importance and challenges of research and implementation of IPM in Europe and that the EU should continue to support these activities.
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WoodWisdom-Net research programme seminar, 4-5 April 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland

The objectives of the seminar will be to discuss the first results from the 23 projects of the 4th call for proposals, facilitate information exchange and networking between projects and their stakeholders, and to gain feedback and ideas for the further development of the WoodWisdom-Net programme.
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