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Joint Programming Initiatives


Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI) are aimed at the coordination of research programmes of different countries in Europe and even outside Europe. The aim is to better align transnational research in Europe and to allow researchers to pool their work on specific themes.

Joint Programming focusses on grand challenges that face Europe as well as the rest of the world.

There are 10 JPIs:

The so-called "eleventh JPI" is the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan).

Based on a strategic research agenda (SRA) each JPI will organise activities, the central element being joint calls.


The joint calls of the JPIs are in many respects similar to those for ERA-NET. Consortia of researchers from the participating countries can respond to a call with a joint research application. Research consortia of JPIs usually run for a period of three years.

FWO supports JPI calls with top-up funding only (10.000 euro a year and maximally during 3 years, so with a maximum budget of 30.000 euro) for ongoing FWO-projects that are fit to be integrated in a research consortium.

Apart from that support, FWO cofunds ERA-NETs specifically created for launching joint calls of JPIs. Here the same procedure applies as for the other ERA-networks.


The FWO considers JPIs as an instrument for the coordination of transnational research, hence it chooses to finance only ongoing research projects of the FWO for joint calls. This financing involves an extra budget (a so-called top-up) which should enable the research group to integrate itself in an international consortium. 

An application for this type of top-up is possible for each project that is ongoing at the moment a JPI call opens, regardless the remaining project term, and even if the term for FWO is expired at the moment the JPI consortium in which the project is integrated starts.

Such a top-up amounts to maximum €10,000 per year, and can be spent on all cost categories provided for by the regulations for research projects of the FWO.