Coordinating energy research for a low carbon Europe

About Joint Programmes

What is an EERA Joint Programme?

EERA covers the whole range of low-carbon energy technologies and addresses systemic topics as well. To organise work within the association and realise its strategy, EERA operates different so-called Joint Programmes, the EERA Joint Programmes (JPs). They are clustered along different technologies but also more cross-cutting issues. All topics are aligned with the EU SET-Plan. To date, there are 17 JPs. Each EERA member organisation participates in at least one JP, but often they join several.

The EERA JPs coordinate their research based on the participating EERA member organisations’ own resources (in-kind). The JPs usually don’t receive or provide funding.

To learn more about the governance of JPs, please click here and/or have a look at the factsheet “How does an EERA Joint Programme work”.

What is the outcome of a Joint Programme?

The EERA Joint Programmes define key priorities for the different research areas in Europe. These priorities provide an important reference point for the EU research agenda and national priorities. Projects that are part of an EERA JP 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.

National alignment

Strengthening national coordination within a research area 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.

Collaboration with industry

Several of the EERA Joint Programmes work closely with European industry. Their industrial counterparts are often the European Technology and Innovation Platforms. Here, the partners from research and industry 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 research organisations 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.

Are you interested to join?

Learn more about EERA’s benefits for research organisations here. More information about how to become a member can be found here.