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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 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 6 November 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. 

Editorial

''Exciting opportunities for research funding: joint programming'
Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) offer researchers new opportunities for funding; calls are regularly posted for new research programmes. JPIs are specifically aimed at promoting international research collaboration and bringing expert knowledge in different countries together. International projects create exciting opportunities for researchers to set up multi-disciplinary collaboration programmes together with experts who would not normally be available to them within their own institute, or even within their own country.
The JPIs provide diverse opportunities for researchers, but how can researchers stay on top of which ERA-NET Actions, calls and other initiatives are available at any given moment? With the publication of this joint programming newsletter and the jointprogramming.nl website, we keep you up-to-date on news of JPIs, ERA-NETs and other public to public networks, as well as background information on the policy landscape. The website gives you information about JPIs and ERA-NETs, in particular in the agricultural and environmental sciences, and is an integral part of the work of our section joint programming & ERA-NETs.
We will continue to develop this site further by making it easier to navigate and by putting the most relevant activities and the Wageningen UR involvement in the spotlight. Since our section also acts as a liaison office, we will add examples of practical cases, and give interviews and testimonials a more prominent position, making the website a window for the impact of joint programming. Of course, the focus of all these developments is you, the researcher. Should you have any ideas for improvements or additional information, then please contact us at jointprogramming@wur.nl.
Herman van Keulen, Wageningen International, Wageningen UR

Horizon 2020 work programme for 2016-2017 with new Cofund topics


The Work Programmes for 2016-2017 adopted on 13 October 2015 and these include information on the 27 ERA-NET Cofunds, with a total budget close to 260 M€. The new Work Programmes also includes two European Joint Programming Cofunds (EJPs).
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Lund Revisited - Next steps in tackling Societal Challenges

The 2009 Lund Declaration concluded that European research must focus on the Grand Challenges of our time. The high-level conference on 3 and 4 December 2015 will be the first stocktaking of the progress made, through Member State initiatives and programming within the framework of the European Research Area and Horizon 2020, in order to address Societal Challenges and the role of frontier research.

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ERA-LEARN Annual Joint Programming Conference 2015

This annual Joint Programming Conference 2015 will focus on “Building and Sustaining Commitment to Public-Public Partnerships”. This conference will be held at MCE Management Center Europe in Brussels on 24 and 25 November 2015.

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'Farming systems for adaptation to climate change'

An interview with Dr. Walter Rossing, researcher at Farming Systems Ecology of Wageningen University on the Climate-CAFE; a multilateral research project that focuses on analysis and re-design of farming systems for adaptation to climate change.

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Chairs FACCE JPI and JPI HDHL invited for a European visit to Brasil

 
FACCE-JPI and JPI-HDHL have been invited to join the European Delegation, with EC Commissioner Moedas (Research and Innovation) for a visit to São Paulo, Brazil on 16 till 19 November 2015. The aim of this visit is to strengthen the European R&I cooperation with Brazil on Food Nutrient Strategy (FNS) related R&I.
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Final report available of the FACCE-JPI TAP Workshop

 
On Tuesday 25 August 2015 the Wageningen Soil Conference hosted the FACCE-JPI Thematic Annual Programming Network on Improving Agricultural Soil Quality (TAP) Workshop.
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Report available of the FACCE‐JPI February 2015 Knowledge Network Planning Meeting

 
The first planning meeting was held in February 2015 in London, organised by Wageningen UR and DEFRA of the leading countries The Netherlands and United Kingdom. The objective was to discuss on the function of the Knowledge Network Sustainable Intensification (KNSI).
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JPI Urban Europe new Call for Proposals: ERA-NET COFUND Smart Urban Futures

 
JPI Urban Europe’s fourth call – the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF), supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, will open mid December 2015. The Netherlands is one of the member countries of JPI Urban Europe.
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JPI Water: Towards the new version of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

 
The second consultative workshop about the JPI Water Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) took place on 8 and 9 October 2015. The aims of the workshop were to get some feedback of the content of SRIA 2.0; to prioritise research needs; improving the well-being of our society and general economic growth and jobs creating, and to present international and European initiatives.
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JPI Water Second Alignment Workshop

 
The second alignment workshop of JPI Water will take place on 19 November 2015 in Paris. The main objective is to firm up a plan for alignment activities that should be achieved in the near future by the Water JPI. Dorri te Boekhorst of Wageningen International will present the state of play of alignment in FACCE as well as a conceptual framework of alignment based on a scientific paper in preparation on this topic.
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JPI Oceans 9th Management Board meeting

 
The JPI Oceans Management Board (MB) will meet on 12 November 2015 to discuss the next steps on the implementation phase of JPI Oceans. The Board will go into the specific activities to progress the existing and new actions developed under the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.
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Marine litter and deep sea mining featured as high priorities at the G7 Science Ministers meeting

 
Acknowledging existing activities by JPI Oceans and work under the Galway Statement initiative, the G7 science ministers committed to coordinating with the G7 countries on the G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter.
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JPI Climate CSA Taking-stock and planning the future, Madrid symposium

The aim of this “working symposium” on 17 and 18 November 2015 is to present and discuss with stakeholders elements of the new JPI Climate strategy based on a review and to discuss ways towards a prioritised implementation of this strategy.

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JPI Climate’s Strategic Research Agenda under revision

 
The current Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) of JPI Climate was first launched in 2011. However, the landscape of climate research has changed during the last few years, which call for some kind of adaption of the current SRA. The new SRA is expected to be adopted at the spring Governing Board meeting in May 2016.
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EC launches a FP7 post-grant Open Access publishing funds pilot

 
The European Commission has recently launched a pilot action to fund Open Access peer-reviewed publications from finalised FP7 projects. The post-grant Open Access Pilot provides an additional instrument to improve access to research results from FP7 projects.
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Second PC/SCAR Workshop on Cofunds took place

The European Commission invited the Programming Committee and the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) delegates for a workshop on 23 September 2015 aimed to design the future Cofund governance for the Societal Challenge 2. This was a follow-up of the workshop on ERA-NET instruments in April, where PLATFORM coordinator Christine Bunthof from Wageningen UR had presented the needs of the ERA-NET Cofunds and the recommendation following from a workshop of practicioners.

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