Those of you interested in European funding may find a new guide to opportunities for funding offered by the Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) useful. JPIs offer a mechanism for bringing together funding from different Member States to support research in areas of common interest.
Projects need to be multi-country, but can offer opportunity for smaller scale projects than Horizon 2020. As with Horizon 2020, specific challenges are defined in the calls.
The UK is a full member of the following JPIs, with contributions managed through Research Councils and others:
Urban Europe – supporting research focused on increasing sustainability and ‘livability’ of urban environments SUGI/Food-Water-Energy Nexus call open – full details here
Cultural Heritage – supporting research which has the aim of safeguarding cultural heritage No calls open at the moment – details of future calls will appear here
Water – research contributing to achieving sustainable water systems for a sustainable economy in Europe No calls open at the moment, but expect future calls on Water-related UN Strategic Development Goals (2017) and Closing the water cycle gap – sustainable water management (2018) – details of calls will appear here
More Years Better Lives – research offering a contribution to addressing issues associated with demographic change and the ageing population Call expected in January 2017 – pre-announcement here NOTE: UK involvement is not yet confirmed
Climate – research to transition towards a low-emission, climate-resilient economy, society and environment No calls open at the moment – details of future calls will appear here
FACCE-JPI – research to support sustainable agricultural production and economic growth, balancing the emerging bio-economy with he need to restore and retain biodiversity Call expected in January 2017 – pre-call announcement here
JPND – research into neurodegenerative disease Call expected in January 2017 – pre-call announcement here
Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life – research focused on health, nutrition, health and physical activity to prevent or minimise diet-related chronic illness No calls open at the moment – details of future calls will appear here
JPI AMR – research to reduce the incidence of bacterial infection, create approaches for rational use of antibiotics and develop diagnostic tools and better surveillance methods Call expected in January 2017 – pre-call announcement here NOTE: UK involvement is not yet confirmed
Oceans – marine and maritime research and technology development No calls open at the moment
In all cases the UK’s membership doesn’t automatically mean that UK participation is guaranteed, so you should always check that the UK has signed up to specific calls (Ed – it makes sense for the UK to prioritise involvement where the call topic and national priorities align well. If there isn’t a strong alignment UK funders will sometimes choose not to invest meaning that UK researchers can’t participate on a funded basis).
As ever, if you’re interested in applying for any of the above or would like to discuss your ideas then please do get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org)