Joint programming is a concept introduced by the European Commission in July 2008 and is one of five initiatives aimed at implementing the European Research Area (ERA).
The objective of Joint Programming is to "increase the value of relevant national and EU R&D funding by concerted and joint planning, implementation and evaluation of national research programmes".
In Joint Programming, Member States are expected to coordinate national research activities, group resources, benefit from complementarities and develop common research agendas, in order to face grand societal challenges. Joint Programming intends to tackle the challenges that cannot be solved solely on the national level and allows Member States to participate in those joint initiatives where it seems useful for them. Further information is available on the site of the European Commission.
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