Joint Activities

Next to the implementation of joint calls, a variety of joint activities are carried out by the different P2P-consortia. ERA-LEARN introduces categories of these activities and illustrates these with examples from different P2P-networks.

Example ACT Knowledge Sharing Workshop

A knowledge sharing workshop will be arranged during the GHGT-13 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, 14th November 2016

Example Biodiversa Stakeholder Engagement Handbook

The BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook is designed to help research project teams to better plan and engage with non-academic stakeholders, including policy makers. The objective of the Handbook is to provide a framework and selection of tools so that each research consortium can determine which types of stakeholder engagement are the most profitable for their research project. More information is available here. (http://www.biodiversa.org/702)

Example BiodivERsA Strategic analysis

BiodivERsA has used the BiodivERsA database to analyse selected features of the European funding landscape for biodiversity research. Since obtaining extensive information on all the competitive funding sources in a given country is hardly reachable, BiodivERsA mainly focused on the funding derived from the Framework programme at the European scale, and on BiodivERsA’s funding agencies at the national one; these represent major players in funding research within their countries. Though such an analysis does not allow for a complete cross-country comparison, it can still elucidate some major trends in the funding of biodiversity research in Europe.

Example E-Rare Research Infrastructure Search facility

A rare diseases related European Research Infrastructures search function is available online at the E-Rare Web-portal.

Example ENT-platform

Era-net Transport (ENT) has evolved since 2004 into a service platform for Programme Owners and Managers. The web-based ENT-platform will increase and ease up cooperation by providing comprehensive and accurate information on calls and funding schemes. The purpose is to understand the needs of the community through superior service.

Example ERA-NET NEURON – Support for Early Career Researchers

ERA-NET NEURON hosts regular networking events, explores training possibilities and provides other types of support for early career researchers. Since 2009 ERA-NET NEURON partner organizations have issued the Excellent Paper in Neuroscience Award (EPNA). The annual award is an encouragement for young researchers at the early stage of their career recognizing the most remarkable and outstanding scientific publications in the field of disease related neuroscience. The well attended EPNA ceremony has been adapted as a regular and part of FENS FORUM (http://www.fens.org/) for neuroscience, the main neuroscience conference in Europe ensuring remarkable visibility.

Example FACCE JPI Joint Mapping

FACCE JPI’s joint mapping approach facilitated the identification of current and expected research synergies, duplications and gaps. FACCE member countries conducted five mapping exercises over two years (2011-2013), each of them addressing one of the five FACCE Core Themes (Sustainable food security under climate change; Sustainable intensification of agriculture; Biodiversity and ecosystem services; Climate Change Adaptation; Greenhouse Gas Mitigation). Their outcomes greatly contributed to the development of FACCE-JPI’s Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and First Biennial Implementation Plan (IP 2014-2015). The ERA-LEARN case study on FACCE JPI’s Joint Mapping Meetings (Case study no. 6) is available at: https://www.era-learn.eu/alignment/current-approaches

Example FACCE JPI Strategic Research Agenda

The Strategic Research Agenda of the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE – JPI) was released on December 5th 2012 and revised in November 2015. It sets out the strategic priorities for trans-disciplinary and innovative European research on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change. It provides a framework for the alignment of existing programmes and joint research efforts to achieve the twin objectives of food security and combating climate change.

Example FACCE JPI’s International Cooperation Strategy

FACCE JPI’s European/International Strategy (2016-2020) aims to: - Promote greater complementarity and structuring of research at European and international levels to address global challenges in a more effective way; - Improve the international visibility FACCE-JPI and enhance the impact of aligned European research on European policymaking and innovation; and - Facilitate the exchange of information and mutual learning with similar research initiatives in other regions of the world.

Example FACCE JPI’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework

FACCE JPI’s monitoring and evaluation framework identifies three overall targets: 1) To improve the alignment of national and European research programmes; 2) To increase high quality transnational research activities within food security, agriculture and climate change; 3) To improve the societal impact on the challenge of food security, agriculture and climate change. Monitoring needs to be specifically tailored to the respective joint action or project and provides an integral source of information for the evaluation process. The FACCE JPI evaluation will focus on the organisation, process and outcomes of target 1, which requires a continuous effort and forms the organisational basis of the JPI and will focus on outcomes of targets 2 and 3, which are iterative processes, at a later stage. The ERA-LEARN case study on "FACCE-JPI" is available here. (https://www.era-learn.eu/monitoring-and-assessment/Monitoring-and-impact-assessment-of-networks/practices-of-evaluation-and-impact-assessment)

Example FACCE MACSUR Knowledge Hub

The Knowledge Hub for Modelling European Agriculture with Climate Change for Food Security (MACSUR) was launched by the Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI). It is a network of 300 European researchers from 18 European countries who aim to advance the science of modelling and assessment of the impacts of climate variability and change on regional farming systems and food production in Europe. Besides networking amongst researchers, the MACSUR Knowledge Hub also allows for capacity building and the conduct of new research coordinated at trans-national level. The ERA-LEARN case study on MACSUR is available here (https://www.era-learn.eu/alignment/current-approaches).

Example JPI Climate Guidelines on Open Knowledge Policies

The case study “JPI Climate Guidelines on Open Knowledge Policies” (https://www.era-learn.eu/publications/other-publications/annual-summary-report-on-good-practices-in-the-implementation-of-jpis) provides information on the process of establishing and disseminating open Knowledge Policies within a JPI. JPI Climate is among the first JPIs contributing to the development of Open Knowledge policies in the area of Joint Programming. The JPI Climate Guidelines on Open Knowledge summarize a set of policy recommendations geared at both internal (i.e. JPI Climate governance) and external (i.e. JPI Climate network activities) level. The Guidelines provide a solid basis for kicking-off Open Knowledge guidelines in other JPIs.

Example JPI ClimateStrategic Research and Innovation Agenda

The JPI Climate Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) sets out three overarching challenges and one strategic mechanism that together are intended to develop and support excellent, innovative, relevant and informative climate research. The framing – especially the emphasis on connectivity and synergy - reflects the priorities and approaches of researchers, funders and practitioners in the countries participating in JPI Climate. The ERA-LEARN case study on the elaboration of JPI Climate’s Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda is available here (https://www.era-learn.eu/alignment/current-approaches).

Example JPI Oceans

The case study “JPI Oceans Explores the Potential of Foresight Exercises” shows how a participatory, stakeholder involving foresight process can serve as a tool to identify future research needs, challenges and solutions. The case study in particular presents the conceptualisation of strategic and thematic foresight plus insights into the implementation of a test run in the field of microplastics.

Example JPI Oceans’ Shared Research Vessel

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research offered to share the use of its newly built research vessel RV SONNE during 118 days to support the transnational research project "Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining" launched by JPI Oceans in January 2015. This transnational research project aims to assess the ecological impacts that could arise from commercial mining of deep-sea minerals called polymetallic nodules. The cost-effective joint use of research infrastructure has facilitated the development of a common understanding and integration of national research activities around a common scientific objective. It has also enabled more effective collective European contributions to international policy-making. The ERA-LEARN case study on JPI Oceans’ Shared Research Vessel is available here (https://www.era-learn.eu/alignment/current-approaches).

Example JPI Water Mapping Beyond Europe report

As a starting point, the Water JPI has mapped research and innovation activities (from funding to execution) in seven priority countries with which further collaboration could be sought: Brazil, Canada, China, India, South Africa, the United States and Vietnam. See the Mapping Beyond Europe report.

Example JPIAMR Alignment Plan

The JPIAMR Alignment Plan sets the basis to align national and European research policies in the area of AMR during the period 2014-2018. It is important that a variety of funders at different levels (regional, national, European and international) are involved in this process and that the relevant countries and Member States are engaged. Alignment could involve a particular research area or specific topic or alignment with other JPI activities.

Example JPND “Young leaders from across Europe join global search for dementia cure”

Some of Europe’s brightest young leaders in research into dementia gathered in London on 27th February 2015 as part of a series of workshops to discuss innovative ideas to address the disease. The event was also supported by the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Neurodegenerative Diseases (JPND) and Alzheimer Europe.

Example JPND Alignment Actions

JPND is promoting strategic alignment of research across Europe though a number of actions designed to build on and increase the impact of existing programmes and initatives related to neurodegenerative diseases.

Example JPND annual calls

JPND is implementing the priorities identified in its research strategy through a range of large-scale programmatic initiatives. JPND intends to launch Calls for proposals each year to address high priority areas in neurodegenerative disease research. Since 2011, it has launched 7 calls for proposals that were not cofounded by the European Commission. The six first calls have enabled the pooling of 60 M€ across member countries.

Example JPND Monitoring and Evaluation

JPND has established a monitoring and evaluation framework to develop indicators of success for JPND and to monitor the merits of the new Joint Programming approach to performing neurodegenerative disease research on the European level. The framework, fully integrated as an element of JPND, was created as a deliverable of the JUMPAHEAD action. It includes a set of performance indicators and a questionnaire for participating countries to investigate attitudes and opinions towards the JPND initiative. The ERA-LEARN case study on "JPND" is available here. (https://www.era-learn.eu/monitoring-and-assessment/Monitoring-and-impact-assessment-of-networks/practices-of-evaluation-and-impact-assessment)

Example Knowledge Network on Sustainable Intensification (KNSI)

The Knowledge Network on Sustainable Intensification is a new instrument being developed by FACCE-JPI, envisioned as a broad expert community connected by a Committee of National Science Leads and Funder Representatives and an informal web of nodes and interactions. The network will be formed by ongoing projects, programmes and various national and international science-policy-practice interactions.

Example M-ERA-Net Assessment Report

M-ERA.NET has an excellent database, with a lot of well selected data compiled from call operation, proposal evaluation, and from beneficiaries during the lifetime of M-ERA.NET. In addition, data is used in this report which was compiled during the operation of M-ERA.NET predecessors MATERA and MNT-ERA.NET, or displayed in their final assessment reports.1 Furthermore, a SWOT workshop and two web surveys – directed at M-ERA.NET work members and at beneficiaries and proposers – were performed to complete the data base for this assessment.

Example M-Era-net promotes MERIL

At European level there has been a Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape (MERIL) under the coordination of the European Science Foundation (ESF). The MERIL portal gives access to an inventory of openly accessible research infrastructures (RIs) of more-than-national relevance in Europe across all scientific domains. It aims to be a user-friendly resource for information commonly needed by researchers seeking access to an infrastructure and by policy-makers analysing the current state of research infrastructure in Europe. M-ERA.NET strongly encourages beneficiaries to increase visibility and accessibility of research facilities existing in M-ERA.NET territories by including their relevant RI in the MERIL database. For more information is available here (http://portal.meril.eu/).

Example Map of Clusters and Competence Centers M-Era.net Consortium

This mapping aims to support the transnational networking of clusters and competence centres in the thematic areas of M-ERA.NET by providing national/regional companies and research groups with a database to find matching partners for their business and research.

Example PLATFORM of bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions (PLATFORM)

PLATFORM is the forum for funders and programme managers in European Research Area Networks (ERA-NETs) in the fields that make up the bioeconomy: food, agriculture, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, climate, biodiversity and biotechnologies. PLATFORM aims to improve exchange and cooperation and to strengthen their impact on the ERA and the European bioeconomy.

Example Smart Grids + expera

Expera is the platform of the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus Knowledge Community. This platform allow to share knowledge with members of the ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus Community. The Community includes representatives of industry, policy, research and other institutions as well as diverse smart grids initiatives, thereby installing a direct link between RDD initiatives, smart grids experts and decision-makers.

Example The BiodivERsA Database

A comprehensive ‘map’ of the current state of research on biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in Europe in terms of projects, programmes and funding, to improve the identification of existing gaps and future needs for new research programmes, new facilities, as well as detecting potential barriers for successful cooperation.

Example The OpenAire Platform

OpenAire aims to establish an open and sustainable scholarly communication infrastructure responsible for the overall management, analysis, manipulation, provision, monitoring and cross-linking of all research outcomes (publications, related datasets, software and services) across existing, planned and future repositories. OpenAire supports the H2020 vision of open access for scientific publications and provide a central e-infrastructure and service in H2020. The ERA-LEARN case study on OpenAire will soon be available here. (https://www.era-learn.eu/alignment/current-approaches)

Example TRANSCAN2

TRANSCAN2 offers some examples of ‘inclusiveness’ measures (not exclusively addressing EU13): a) exchange/mobility schemes of individual researchers/ professionals in order to bring new expertise to an existing multidisciplinary translational team, b) recruitment of individual researchers/professionals in order to cover expertise and “knowhow” unavailable in the existing team, c) exchanges/mobility of researchers (especially young researchers) between teams and countries participating in the project to foster a multi-disciplinary approach in research, d) short term training of scientists, as well as operational staff, e) technical workshop referring to the scientific work planned in the project, f) short training (1 or few weeks) of several partner teams. TRANSCAN2 also includes a specific task focused on developing a strategy to improve the partners’ success in the joint call.

Example Urban Europe

The case study “Co-creation of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda in a Joint Programming Initiative - A New Stakeholder Involvement Approach of JPI Urban Europe” (https://www.era-learn.eu/publications/other-publications/annual-summary-report-on-good-practices-in-the-implementation-of-jpis)demonstrates how a co-creational process design can be used to integrate the perspectives of heterogeneous stakeholders across different countries when setting up a strategic research and innovation agenda (SRIA). The case study shows that a co-creational process design bears potential to establish sustainable stakeholder commitment and provide a nucleus for (in-)formal stakeholder networks. Co-creation approaches can therefore be regarded as a stakeholder involvement (SHI) modality to which other JPIs may refer to in general.

Example Urban Europe “Towards a Joint Call with China”

The overall objective of the supporting activities presented is to facilitate “preparation of common ground”. Key supporting activities include desk research on the current development of smart cities in China as well as previous and current bilateral cooperation between the involved funding agencies with China. A more in-depth consultation process on the European side was also carried out to obtain detailed information regarding the experience and the expectation of working with China on smart cities.

Example Urban Europe Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda

The Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) represents the long-term strategy and program for JPI Urban Europe during 2015-2020. It includes priorities, actions, instruments, resources and an implementation timeline. The agenda was developed in an intensive co-creation process. These joint efforts based on a broad stakeholder involvement will be continued throughout the implementation phase of the research agenda. The overarching principle of the SRIA is that it actively supports the alignment and coordination of regional, national and European research, technological development and innovation in the field of urban development.

Example Water JPI

The case study “Bridging the gap towards Innovation - The Water JPI Activities on Stakeholder Involvement” (https://www.era-learn.eu/publications/other-publications/annual-summary-report-on-good-practices-in-the-implementation-of-jpis) provides information on the Water JPI approach to addresses the complex challenge of stakeholder involvement (SHI) throughout the policy cycle of a JPI with different activities and instruments. Specific attention is given to means to involve innovation-driven end-users (i.e. economic sector respective water suppliers and utilities)

Joint call with BiodivERsA

The BiodivERsA ERA-Net and the FACCE-JPI have joined efforts to organise and fund a pan-European call for research projects on “Promoting synergies and reducing trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services” (November 2013).