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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 9 February 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. 


Public-to-public partnerships, such as ERA-NETs and JPIs serve to give structure to the cooperation between Member States. These initiatives pool national research efforts in order to make better use of national public research and development resources and to effectively tackle common European challenges that cannot be solved solely at a national level. At the Conference (14-15 January, Brussels) Fabienne Gaultier, head of the EC ERA Policy and Reform Unit, stated that joint programming should be higher on national policy agendas and the JPIs themselves must become more responsible for increasing their visibility and significance to other stakeholders and the public. Often restrictions due to a lack of funding are seen as a major obstacle for transnational collaboration, even by the networks themselves. However, this should not prove to be an insurmountable problem. Budgets for transnational collaboration are often low when compared to the funding of national programmes. Therefore, the most important challenge for JPIs is to ensure that they are largely in line with existing national programmes, thus bringing added value and leveraging impact.  
Joint programming and joint funding can be done on different levels. Did you know you can contribute personally in joint funding. Wageningen UR started with crowdfunding. Three remarkable projects have been chosen. I became part of the Food for Mars and Moon community. All who donate will be kept informed about this exciting endeavour and may soon taste the mars-soil-simulant grown veggies. How cool is that. Meanwhile there is a lot of interesting news from the European joint programming initiatives. This newsletter brings you a selection. For more, visit our website
Christine Bunthof, Section leader Joint Programming & ERA-NETs.

Annual Joint Programming Conference 'Building and Sustaining Commitment'

Over 250 people attended the Joint programming Conference on 14-15 January 2016.One of the main issues on the agenda was the alignment of national systems, programmes, and projects, in order to facilitate cross border cooperation.
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PLATFORM workshop on the 4th Bioeconomy Stakeholder Conference

The 4th Bioeconomy Stakeholder Conference will take place on 12 - 13 April 2016, under the auspices of the Dutch EU Presidency, co-organised by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and the European Commission. This conference is an action under the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and as such, serves as an important input into the future orientation of the European Bioeconomy Strategy, which will be reviewed and evaluated in 2016 by the Commission. Within this conference in Utrecht, PLATFORM will organise a workshop on stakeholder involvement.
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ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks 2015 call pre-announcement

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. This theme is common to the Strategic Research Agendas of the two collaborating JPIs. The call is expected to open on 16.2.2016.
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The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change revises the Strategic Research Agenda, to set out clear policy-relevant research priorities on agriculture, food security and climate change in Europe. In the SRA, FACCE-JPI incorporates new knowledge and emerging European and global issues, and takes into account the international agendas on Sustainable Development Goals and Climate. To achieve these priorities, FACCE_JPI has adopted an Implementation Plan with joint actions for the period 2016-2018.
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International Soil Research: Opportunities for Synergy and Cooperation with FACCE-JPI

On 27 January 2016, FACCE-JPI organised a side event at the DG Agri conference on strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation, titled: International Soil Research: Opportunities for Synergy and Cooperation with FACCE-JPI. Martin Scholten (Wageningen UR) gave a presentation on the work of the Global Research Alliance. Jan Peter Lesschen (Wageningen UR) was invited to give input for the organisation of this side event as a scientific committee member.
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Follow up to the TAP on Agricultural Soil Quality

On 26 January 2016, a follow-up meeting to the TAP on Agricultural Soil Quality was organised. This working  meeting for countries that have expressed their interest in joining the TAP network, was held preceding the DG AGRI ‘Long term Strategy on Agricultural Research and Innovation conference’, held on 27 January in Brussels. At the meeting a possible scope was discussed, focussing on soil functionality under climate change with a focus on carbon sequestration. Dorri te Boekhorst of Wageningen UR co-organised this meeting.
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Operationalisation of the FACCE-JPI Implementation plan

For each Action of the FACCE Implementation Plan 2016-2018 a Working Group with the GB member leading the Action, a SAB member, a StAB member and Secretariat staff supporting the Action is being assembled. A start is made with elaborating purposes, objectives, output and outcomes, as well as timelines.
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Call on Transmission Dynamics open

“To unravel the dynamics of transmission and selection of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at genetic, bacterial, animal, human, societal, and environmental levels, in order to design and evaluate preventive and intervening measures for controlling resistance.” This is the topic of JPIAMR’s 3rd call for research proposals which opened on 18 January 2016.
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First AMR Meeting to Foster US/EU Communication and Collaboration Big Success

On 20-21 January 2016, the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR), the US National Institute of Health (NIH) and the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), organised a meeting which brought together scientists in the field of antibacterial resistance. The aim was to increase the trans-Atlantic dialogue and encourage scientific collaboration to enhance research addressing antibacterial resistance.
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JPI MYBL call pre-announcement: Welfare, Wellbeing and Demographic Change

The Joint Programming Initiative More Years better Lives pre-announces a Joint Transnational call for research proposals 2016: Welfare, Wellbeing and Demographic Change: Understanding Welfare Models. The Submission Tool will be available the 22 of February 2016.
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ERA4CS officially launched at the kick-off meeting in Paris

The ERA4CS kick-off meeting and first General Assembly took place in Paris on 19-21 January 2016 and was organised by ANR (French Research Agency), and Chaired by Patrick Monfray, the project coordinator. The ERA-NET Consortium “European Research Network for Climate Services” (ERA4CS), under the umbrella of JPI Climate, has been designed to boost the development of efficient Climate Services in Europe.
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Pre-announcement for ERA4CS Joint Call

The ERA-NET Consortium “European Research Area for Climate Services (ERA4CS) Pre-announces a large Joint Transnational Call on Researching and Advancing Climate Services Development by Innovative co-development with users and Institutional integration. The call is expected to open in March 2016.
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Knowledge Hub on Malnutrition in the Elderly

The Joint Action ‘Malnutrition in the Elderly Knowledge Hub’ resulted in the Knowledge Hub MaNuEL, which brings together research groups from 7 countries. The researchers will work together to build better research capacity on Malnutrion in the Elderly across Europe.
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JPI HDHL Cofunded Call Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health

The JPI HDHL - together with the European Commission - is going to launch a new joint transnational call for research proposals: "Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health (BioNH)“ using the ERA-NET Cofund instrument. The call is scheduled to be launched on the 16 February 2016.
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Croatia joins JPI Oceans as a new member

The addition of Croatia to the JPI Oceans’ member list takes the number of nations involved in the initiative to 21. Croatia will be represented in the Management Board of JPI Oceans by: Ivica Vilibić, PhD, of the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries and Sandi Orlić, PhD, of the Ruđer Bošković Institute.
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New calls in H2020 2016-2017 for cultural heritage projects

Horizon 2020 Work Program 2016-2017 will allocate 73 millions to calls on the Societal Challenges pillar:48 million to 9 calls within SC6 “Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” and 25 million to 2 calls within SC5 – “Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials”.
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ERA-NET NEURON launches new call on external insults to the nervous system

The ERA-NET NEURON has launched a new call for research proposals that will aim to address key questions relating to external insults to the central nervous system. These insults often cause permanent disability and constitute a heavy burden for patients and their families. The deadline for pre-proposal submission is 14 March 2016.
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JPND launches call for working groups on brain imaging

The EU JPI Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) has announced a rapid-action call inviting leading scientists in the field to bring forward novel approaches that will enhance the use of brain imaging for neurodegenerative disease research. Proposals must be submitted on March 10, 2016.
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The ERA-NET Cofund ‘Mitigation and Monitoring of Greenhouse Gases from Agri- and Silvi-culture’ is an Action from the first Implemention  Plan of FACCE JPI. It addresses in particular the core theme Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases. Fifteen countries plus the European Commission pull financial resources for transnational research under four topics. All preparations are on schedule to launch the call for research proposals early March.
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