Joint Programming

Joint Programming is an European approach to planning and implementing complex research projects in a few key areas. The objective is to tackle common European or global challenges that cannot be overcome by individual nations alone. Joint Programming enables a more coordinated approach by pooling together national resources such as operators, research organisation’s investments and/or funding agencies’ research grants.

Ultimately, the approach is hoped to help countries to use their scientific capital, financial resources, research infrastructure, data and results more effectively. Added value comes from the potential for large-scale and long-term interdisciplinary initiatives and better coordination and cooperation between the participating countries.

A total of ten Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) have been launched to date. Finland participates in eight of these. The Research Council of Finland is one of the coordinators of the Water JPI. The Research Council’s representatives also contribute to the administration or national support groups of other initiatives.

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