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  Joint Programming Newsletter

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 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 2 May 2016

About us

The JPI & ERA-NET team of the division Wageningen International at Wageningen UR (University and Research centre) follows ERA policy and strategy, the JPIs 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. 


Dear reader,

The expert group’s study of joint programming to address grand societal challenges stirred up some debates in JPIs and Member States. Now that the dust is settling, the recommendations sink in and some findings act as impetus for the initiatives. The scratch test for one of the performance indicators, the degree of national alignment, is of particular of interest. The JPI chairs want their initiatives to build on the evaluation report and delivered a statement to the Member States’ committee on joint programming (the ERAC - GPC). They strive for increased political commitment and improving national coordination structures. National ERA-Roadmaps, decided by the Competitiveness Council last year as means to take the ERA further, could provide the frames for giving full swing on Member State level. Time will tell. Measuring the alignment process is also on the list of resolutions of the JPIs themselves. You may say this is a tall order, and you are right, but tools are developed to measure at least some key aspects of alignment, such as pooled resources and the added value of transnational programmes. A recent Rathenau report providing factual information for the Dutch science system in the ERA shows Dutch researchers participate actively in a broad range of ERA instruments, especially in ERA-NETs, JPIs and Article 185. The H2020 ERA-NET Cofunds are the subject of a new expert study, results of which will be published after summer. Meanwhile day-to-day business continues, such as outreach and calls (ERA-GAS call closes today!). Next week at the Adaptation Futures Conference in Rotterdam organised under the Dutch EU presidency Robert Jan Smits, Commission’s Director General for Research and Innovation,  and the DG of MinI&M Peter Heij will officially launch the ERA4CS submission portal. This 75 M€ flagship of research in climate services is the first ERA-NET in which RFO’s and RPO’s forge an alignment  an in which institutional funding is topped up by the EC cofund as well. Conference participants can stop by the booth at the expo and ask all they want to know about Joint Programming to representatives of the JPIs Urban Europe, Climate and FACCE. Nice example of inter-JPI collaboration!

Christine Bunthof, Section leader Joint Programming & ERA-NETs.

4th Bioeconomy Stakeholder Conference: inspiring, dynamic and productive

The 4th Bioeconomy Stakeholder Conference (BEU2016) took place on 12 - 13 April 2016. At the end of the second day the European Bioeconomy Manifesto was handed over to the participants. The Manifesto underlines the impartance of P2P's: 'Public to Public’ partnerships such as ERA-NETs, Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) and Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) have proved their value; these should be further built on.
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Moedas stresses importance of Open Science at NL Presidency conference

The current Dutch Council Presidency held a conference on Open Science, one of its key Presidency priority issues, on 4 to 5 April 2016 in Amsterdam. The purpose of the conference was for member states and stakeholders to emphasise the importance of the transition towards Open Science, and to draft a joint action agenda.
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Workshop on Supporting policies for climate change adaptation and mitigation for European agriculture

This FACCE MACSUR workshop will address implications of the Paris agreement on climate change and the EU Common Agricultural Policy for European agriculture. The workshop will take place on 24 May 2016 in Brussels
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Kick off meeting FACCE-JPI Knowledge Network on Sustainable Intensification at 3rd June 2016

The (closed) kick off meeting of the Knowledge Network Sustainable Intensification (KNSI) will be held on Friday 3rd June 2016. The KNSI is one of the FACCE-JPI 2014-2015 Implementation plan actions. It is led by GB members Huub Loffler (WUR) and Lucy Foster (Defra, UK). The action is focused on Core Theme 2 of the FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda: Environmentally Sustainable Intensification of Agricultural Systems. 
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Final report available of FACCE event on International Soil Research, 27 January 2016

 The final report and all presentations are available of the event “International soil research: Opportunities for synergy and cooperation with FACCE-JPI”, held at January 27th. This half day meeting was organised by FACCE-JPI, together with the DG AGRI as a side event of the DG Agri conference “Designing the path: a strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation”. Dr. Martin Scholten of Wageningen UR held a presentation on Global Research Alliance..
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WATERWORKS2014 ERA-NET COFUNDED CALL 16 projects recommended for funding

A total of 16 transnational collaborative research projects presented on the call theme “Research and Innovation for Developing Technological Solutions and Services for Water Systems” were selected for funding by the Call Steering Committee. Four of the recommended project have a Dutch consortium coordinator.
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Water JPI conference in Rome on 19 May 2016

The new updated version of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the intergovernmental initiative on water challenges will be officially presented and commented by high profile speakers. Options for implementing this Research Agenda and benefits of international cooperation in the water sector will be also discussed at te Water JPI Conference on 19 May 2016 in Rome.
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JPI-Climate side event at Adapatation Futures Conference

At the occasion of the launch of a large 72M€ call for projects dedicated to user-oriented climate services ERA4CS, JPI Climate is organising the workshop 'How to respond to climate change related risks in the value chain of your business?', as a side event at the Adapatation Futures Conference 2016 in Rotterdam, on 9 May.
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Three JPIs at Adapatation Futures 2016

JPI Climate, JPI Urban Europe  and FACCE-JPI will participate in the Adaptation Futures Conference 9-13 May 2016 in Rotterdam with several activities.
Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference organised by  the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), and the EC, held this year in Rotterdam under the Dutch presidency.
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4th Joint call: Networks Working Groups

The JPIAMR, in partnership with 8 European countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK), and Canada, is launching a fourth joint call for working group proposals. The call sets out to assemble motivated groups of leading experts and establish Working Groups in order to enhance resource alignment and maximise existing and future efforts to combat AMR. 
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Projects Meeting in Amsterdam: JPI Urban Europe projects gather

On April 14, 2016 the JPI Urban Europe Projects Meeting was held in Amsterdam. The meeting was arranged for all the 37 JPI Urban Europe projects in order to meet each other and to give the oppurtunity to learn more about the projects as well as giving feedback and inform about JPI Urban Europe. The Netherlands participates in 27 of the projects.
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JPI Urban Europe Projects Catalogue

Launched at the Projects Meeting in Amsterdam on April 14 the new Projects Catalogue presents all the 37 projects that are a part of the JPI Urban Europe.The projects have been divided into one of the five thematic priorities in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda that was launched in 2015. The catalogue offers an overview of the projects including facts and figures and contact data – in comprehensive A5 format.
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187 ENSUF pre-proposals submitted; 120 with Dutch participation

On March 15 the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) call closed for submissions of pre-proposals. 187 pre-proposals, including 120 with Dutch participation, have been sent in covering the three ENSUF call topics: Concepts and strategies for smart urban transformation, growth and shrinkage; New dynamics of public services; Inclusive, vibrant and accessible urban communities.
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Heritage Plus mid-term assessment meeting, March 17th, Brussels

Heritage Plus is an Era-Net plus action started in 2013 that supports the JPI Cultural Heritage by proposing concrete solutions for pooling national expertise and resources and establishing closer and robust collaboration among the participating States in the field of Cultural Heritage. Project Partners met in Brussels on the 17th March to analyse the state of the art of the activities, evaluate what has been done so far and plan the implementation of next tasks.
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New inputs to Cultural Heritage Research with JHEP2

JHEP2 is the new CSA Project – supporting JPI Cultural Heritage – co-funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 framework. The Project, started last January 2016, involves 16 Countries, including the Netherlands, and develops across four Work Packages.
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C-IPM Workshop on breeding for integrated pest management, 4-6 July 2016, Radzikow, Poland

A workshop on breeding for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in sustainable, low-input agriculture systems will be organised jointly by C-IPM and The Plant Breeding and Acclimatization Institute (IHAR) - National Research Institute in Poland. The workshop will be held 4-6 July 2016 at IHAR in Radzikow, Poland.
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Submission results ERA-MBT second call for proposals

The 2nd ERA-MBT Call, which was launched in December 2015, has resulted in the submission of 41 applications requesting a total funding of € 45 million. The call entitled “Biodiscovery - Bioactive molecules from the marine environment” received a lot of attention, mainly from higher education institutions and non-university public research organisations which accounted for respectively 60% and 25% of the requested funding.
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Joint Call “Food Processing for Health”: Two research consortia selected for funding

Two transnational research consortia including 12 research groups from 7 European countries have been selected for funding under the umbrella of the JPI HDHL Joint Call "Food Processing for Health". The Netherlands participates in one of the consortia. Projects will focus on a broad range of research questions, looking at developing innovative or optimizing value-added processing of food substrates (fish, milk, cereals,meat) to produce safe, healthy, high organoleptic quality and sustainable products.
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Edvard Beem elected as chair of the General Assembly of JPI-MYBL

In February 2016 dr. Edvard Beem, co-director of ZonMw,  has been elected as chair of the General Assembly of JPI-MYBL. He takes over the role of Prof. Paolo Rossini, who has been the chair of the General Assembly since January 2014.
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