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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 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 September 2015

About us

The JPI & ERA-NET Account led by Christine Bunthof of the division Wageningen International at Wageningen UR (University and Research centre) follows ERA policy and strategy, the Joint Programming Initiatives and ERA-NET (Cofund) Actions, specifically those in the areas of the bioeconomy, food, and the blue and green environment. Information is shared through website, newsletter, social media, and seminars. We support the liaison on the national as well as the European level. Moreover, we coordinate the European platform of bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions, lead alignment activities and other coordination work within FACCE JPI Secretariat, and are involved in organising ERA-NET Cofund programmes. 


As the content manager of the joint programming website, social media and this newsletter, I feel comfortable with the news articles, event announcements and call activities, delivered and spread by the 10 JPI's in the field of climate change, food supply, a healthy ageing of citizens, etc. Even short before and during the summer time, several activities were organised by the different JPI's and important news was released. JPI Climate has got interesting news for the Wageningen UR researchers. Joint call information and a call implementation instruction is being announced in this newsletter and workshops, which soon will be held. From the ERA-Net part of the JPI&ERA-NET Account of the division Wageningen International you may have interest in the outcomes of the Master Class for the ERA-NET project managers which was organised with the focus on lessons learned from the first Cofunds. The first item of this newsletter is an interview with Dr Louis Fliervoet. We welcome your feedback, suggestions and more news at
Enjoy reading and have a good after summer and working period! 
Fokke de Jong, Wageningen International, Wageningen UR 


FACCE JPI: Successful European cooperation; Interview with Dr Louis Fliervoet, Ministry of Economic Affairs

Louis Fliervoet was a policy officer at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He was also a member of the FACCE Joint Programming Initiative from 2012 to 2015. He retired last month. In this interview Fliervoet looks back on what this JPI has achieved so far. He also looks forward to further benefits FACCE JPI can bring.
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PLATFORM Annual Event 2015 on 10 and 11 Sept. 2015

This 2015 annual event is designed to serve a broad interest. Interactively the participants will work towards increasing alignment of ERA-Nets and interaction with initiatives such as Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) and FACCE JPI. Further the views on global ERA-NET cooperations will be broadened while a poster session will give the possibility to give an overview on a global ERA-Net cooperation. Attending to this event is on invitation only.
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JPIAMR: Transmission Dynamics Call for Proposals to Open in January 2016

This ERA-NET Cofund call, JPI-EC-AMR, with over 20 participating countries will open in January 2016 and will support multidisciplinary research networks to conduct collaborative and complementary studies that will unravel the complex dynamics of selection and transmission of antimicrobial resistance to understand the mechanisms that contribute to the spread of resistance.
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FACCE-JPI-HDHL common priorities related to Food and Nutrition Security

Following the successful event ‘Grand debate on Nutrition Security – a whole system approach’, organised jointly by JPI FACCE and JPI HDHL at this year’s Universal Exhibition (EXPO 2015 in Milan), the two JPI’s were asked by the European Commission to work together to produce a paper describing common priorities to contribute to the European Strategy on Food and Nutrition Security. Edith Feskens and Martin Scholten (Wageningen UR), contributed to the writing of the FACCE-JPI-HDHL paper.
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JPI Oceans: 10 European countries invest €7.5 million into research on microplastics in the ocean

Ten research projects investigating the impact of plastic particles on the marine environment are selected for funding from ten member countries of the JPI Oceans. The projects intend to increase the knowledge about microplastics in the sea. The funding of the research is made available by the member countries of JPI Oceans, hence also by The Netherlands.
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JPI Climate present at Our Common Future Conference

Rob Swart en Bart Kruijt from Wageningen UR attended the Paris conference 'Our Common Future under Climate Change'. Together with 2000 participants from almost 100 countries they explored current understanding of all dimensions of the climate change challenge, plus the full range of mitigation and adaptation options that can lead to sustainable, equitable solutions across all nations and regions.
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Meeting of FACCE-JPI Funders and Experts to Explore Aligned Research Programming in the Area of Agricultural Soil Functionality

On Tuesday 25 August 2015, the Wageningen Soil Conference hosted the FACCE-JPI TAP Workshop. This informal event provided interested FACCE-JPI Member States and Associated Countries the opportunity to discuss how a Thematic Annual Programming Network could operate, which scope it could have and how it could best link up and add value to existing European and global soil-related initiatives. Organisation contact: Dorri te Boekhorst, Wageningen International
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JPI Climate Symposium: Designing Comprehensive Open Knowledge Policies to Face Climate Change

JPI Climate invites climate-related research communities, research funding organisations, policy makers and practitioners to discuss together on 22 and 23 October 2015 in Vienna on how societies can manage data and information to create knowledge (and ultimately wisdom) with problem-solving character.
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ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks 2015 under negotiation for funding under Horizon 2020

After a favourable evaluation by the European Commission, the ERA-NET Cofund Water Works 2016-2020 in Support of the Water JPI (WaterWorks2015) has been invited for a Grant Agreement with the Commission up to 9.5 M€. In this initiative JPI Water and FACCE-JPI join forces to develop a programme on sustainable water use in agriculture to increase water use efficiency and reduce soil and water pollution with a 25 M€ call to be launched by end 2015.

JPI Climate ERA-NET on Climate Services (ERA4CS) under negotiation for funding under Horizon 2020

After a favourable evaluation by the European Commission, the ERA-NET COFUND “European Research Area for Climate Services” (ERA4CS), proposed with the support of the JPI Climate, has been invited for a Grant Agreement with the Commission up to 25M€. The ERA4CS consortium kick-off is planned for January 2016.

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PLATFORM Report for practicioners of ERA-NET Cofund calls

The report from the master class on Cofund planning and managment organised by the Platform for bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions at DG Research & Innovation, Brussels on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 June 2015 is now available at PLATFORM website. PLATFORM project coordinator Christine Bunthof from Wageningen UR co-chaired the meeting with the task leader for master classes Ulla Sonne Bertelsen (ICROFS), who presented how CORE Organic Plus was successful in optimizing the use of national funds and raise the level of scientific excellence across countries. The report capitalizes on the information shared and the knowledge gained.
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ERA-LEARN 2020 new web portal; Workshop on call implementation, and PPP& JPI Conference

ERA-LEARN 2020 had launched its new web portal in July 2015, offering a wide range of material on Joint Programming Initiatives, ERA-NETs, and Art. 185 initiatives, including: a database of P2P networks and joint calls.
In September ERA-LEARN 2020 organises a hands-on workshop for coordinators and managers in ERA-NET Cofunds, JPIs or other ERA-instruments working in joint calls, from all thematic areas.
On November 24-25 the European Commission and ERA-LEARN organsee the Public – Pubic Partnerships & Joint Programming Conference in Brussels.
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