Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe

About the EERA Joint Programmes

In a Joint Programme (JP), a research organisation joins institutions in other European countries to work on shared priority setting and research projects. The EERA JPs are aligned with the priorities for low carbon technologies defined in the SET-Plan. The aim of the EERA JPs is to gradually evolve into fully operational virtual research institutes. This will speed up the development of new low carbon technologies.

17 EERA Joint Programmes

More than 250 organisations in the EU and associated countries are working together in our 17 Joint Progammes.

How does a Joint Programme operate

An EERA Joint Programme is created by interested organisations that define a joint research agenda for a topic included in the SET-Plan. The EERA JPs coordinate research based on the participating institutions own resources. In addition, the JP can obtain supplementary funding from national or EU sources. The aim is to gradually increase the amount of funding dedicated to the JPs. This will allow a JP to widen and deepen coordination.

A Joint Programme consists of :

  • The Joint programme steering committee
  • The Joint programme management board
  • The Sub-programmes divided into research areas.

A participating institution can be either a full or an associate participant of a JP.

To be a Full Participant in a particular JP, the Member shall be EERA Full Member. As a Full Participant in a JP, the Member can provide input to the Description of Work, has access to responsibility positions in the JP and is a JP Steering Committee Member (as defined in Article 4.7 of the Internal Rules of Procedures) with voting rights. It shall actively participate in the daily JP life, host meetings, organize workshops, assure a proper flow of information to its Associate Participants, if any, and provide inputs upon JPC requests. It shall pay the Full Participant fee in due time, if any.

As an Associate Participant in a particular JP, the Member can provide input to the Description of Work. An associate Participant is not a Members of the JP Steering Committee. It shall participate in the daily JP life. It shall pay the Associate fee in due time, if any.

What is the outcome of a Joint Programme

The EERA Joint Programmes define key priorities in Europe for the different research areas. These priorities provide an important reference point for the EU research agenda and national priorities. Projects that are part of an EERA Joint Programme can communicate their results directly to the European research community. This ensures better coordination between ongoing and future projects.
The EERA JPs also produce high quality scientific reports and participants gather regularly for workshops and meetings to ensure a continuous exchange of knowledge.

Collaborating with industry

Several of the EERA Joint Programmes work closely with European industry. The industrial counterparts are often the European Technology and Innovation Platforms. Here, the partners define and align research and innovation priorities. These priorities are implemented through joint projects both within the framework of an EERA JP and bilaterally between single institutions and industry.

Global outreach

The EERA Joint Programmes actively support international collaboration with partners outside Europe. EERA JPs often represent European scientific communities at international events organised in collaboration with the European Commission. And prominent scientists from around the world are active members of JPs’ advisory boards and in the review panels of our JPs.

National alignment

Strengthening national coordination within a research domain is an important function of the EERA Joint Programmes. At JP level, leading national organisations agree on key research priorities. These priorities provide important input for national priorities. In addition, some JPs promote the organisation of research in national nodes. This approach is being advanced in the EERA Integrated Research Programmes.

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