Since 2010, FACCE-JPI has been building a portfolio of research actions to address the five core themes in its Strategic Research Agenda. These have been set out in successive Implementation Plans (2014-2015, 2016-2018).
The first Implementation plan (December 2013) covers the 2014-2015 period and describes the topics considered as the highest priorities and the joint actions to be undertaken in this period. This Implementation Plan states that joint programmes can be developed around clusters that integrate priority topics belonging to different core themes.
For the 2018-2020 Implementation Plan thirteen joint research actions are proposed. Meanwhile a number of former actions are still ongoing.
The thirteen new actions comprise:
2 ERA-NET Cofunds
- 1 (non-co-funded) joint call between 3 ERA-NETs
- 1 European Joint Programme (EJP) Cofund
- 2 Knowledge Hubs
- 1 joint action for which the specific instrument still needs to be defined
- 4 exploratory workshops aimed at identifying the type of work FACCE-JPI could undertake on a specific topic in the future, and
- 2 cross-cutting valorisation activities aimed at better communicating and disseminating FACCE-JPI scientific results to national/EU policymakers and other stakeholders
The actions are at different stages of discussion and development. Most joint actions have already been discussed in dedicated Working Groups and/or undergone some scoping work with SAB/StAB and expert involvement.
Others, such as exploratory workshops, are one-off events that aim to provide insight into future research needs. In each case, actions aim to fulfil the objectives set out in the FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda and to interact and cooperate, as appropriate, with existing FACCE-JPI, EU and international actions.
Two activities are of particular note:
- FACCE-JPI has been instrumental in facilitating the process of having an EJP Cofund on agricultural soil management in the European Commission’s 2018-2020 work programme. This action, which will mobilise significant resources, aims to align EU research in this area, relying largely on institutional resources in Member States. It is therefore an important action under the FACCE-JPI umbrella.
- A second activity that will take on increasing importance during this period is the valorisation of FACCE-JPI research results. FACCE-JPI has developed a Communication and Valorisation Strategy "Science for Policy and Impact" to exploit research outcomes and to optimise their value and impact on the global societal challenge eventually feeding into policy and evidence-based decision making. Valorisation workshops will be organised to carry out this work.