JPI Climate is an initiative of European member states and associated members to align national programmes by jointly coordinating their climate research and funding new transnational research activities.
JPI Climate is an initiative of European member states and associated members to align national programmes by jointly coordinating their climate research and funding new transnational research activities. Transnational coordination of the research base aims to overcome unwanted fragmentation, to make better use of public R&D resources by creating synergies and to facilitate cross border collaboration between top scientists.
JPI Climate connects various scientific disciplines, enables cross-border research and increases science-practice interaction. The ambition of JPI Climate is to significantly contribute to underpinning the European efforts in tackling the societal challenge of climate change.
- aims to respond to the knowledge needs of policy and the European society at large to address climate change, and to:
- foster an excellent science base, world-class research infrastructures and a new generation of researchers;
- cooperate with partners in advanced, emerging and developing countries;
- achieve greater impacts through involvement of the public and private sectors in knowledge creation and mobilisation;
- innovate with the end-users on societal transformation for resilience and sustainability.
- provides a platform to align national research priorities according to a jointly agreed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) with the aim of complementing and supporting initiatives at the European level (ERA-NETs, Horizon 2020, Climate KIC, ESFRI Projects, Copernicus)
- facilitates the coordination, collaboration and exploitation of synergies in climate change research, learning and innovation while working against fragmentation and duplication of efforts
- connects different disciplinary approaches in natural and social sciences leading to interdisciplinary research efforts of higher quality and relevance
- connects top researchers and research groups from different European countries, leading to high quality and efficient research efforts, long term collaborations and a stronger global position
- connects scientific insights with the demands of policy makers, decision makers and other stakeholders from local to international levels, leading to more effective policies
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Vision, Objective and Principles
Europe aspires to be the most competitive and dynamic knowledge‐based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic development with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. Climate change alters the conditions under which these ambitions are to be realised. This generates new challenges, including the need to transform energy systems away from a dependence on fossil fuels and the need to protect European citizens, business and nature from climate risks. Research, knowledge dissemination and innovation are crucial in helping to confront these challenges and generate new opportunities for sustainable development. Climate change is a complex reality, which affects European society at large. Understanding and responding to climate change requires coordinated and large‐scale European efforts, in research, innovation and governance.
JPI Climate provides the platform where these objectives can be met, aligning national research priorities according to a jointly agreed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) with the aim of complementing and supporting initiatives at the European level (ERA-NETs, Horizon 2020, Climate KIC, ESFRI Projects, Copernicus). JPI Climate facilitates the coordination, collaboration and exploitation of synergies while working against unwanted fragmentation and duplication of efforts. Coordination of the research base secured through national resources will help underpin European efforts to confront climate change. JPI Climate aims to respond to the needs of policy and decision makers and the European society at large for knowledge‐based information and services to address climate change.
JPI Climate is innovative in its interdisciplinary approach in connecting natural‐ with socio‐economic sciences and it is guided, coordinated and managed through a flexible collaborative governance mechanism.
The main objective of JPI Climate is to bring together existing and developing new excellent scientific knowledge that is needed to assist practitioners to adequately transform society towards climate resilience and consequently providing integrated climate knowledge and decision support services for societal innovation.
The governance principles derive from both the thematic contents, addressed by JPI Climate, as well as the strategic objectives of the JPI Climate concept itself. They provide support to assure coherence between ‘what’ we are working on and ‘how’ we are working. In addition, they represent procedural objectives that broaden the scope for advancements and provide motivation for constant improvement. Read more.
JPI Climate Member Countries
JPI Climate members are European countries that have formally declared their commitment and willingness to actively contribute to JPI operations (with their work force, financial resources, and existing research and innovation investments, etc.) by signing a Letter of Intent. In order for a membership to be valid, a new member needs to be formally adopted by the Governing Board.
The member countries are represented by institutions that are legally allowed to take strategic decisions on behalf of and engage resources from national research funds (e.g. ministries for science and research, academy of sciences, scientific institutions and agencies) and thereby to represent the national research interests of the member countries.
At present the JPI Climate has 19 Member countries:
Partners from Greece, Portugal and Slovakia (in violet) were involved in the framework of the “European Research Area for Climate Services” (ERA4CS).
Observer institutions are:
- European Environment Agency (EEA)
- European Space Agency (ESA)
- European Climate Research Alliance (ECRA)
JPI Climate collaborates with the Belmont Forum, the global group of sustainability research funders. Brazil, China, India, Japan and Qatar have collaborated with JPI Climate in a joint Collaborative Research action on Climate Predictability and Inter-regional Linkages which ended in 2020.
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