Effective research is paramount when tackling the key societal challenges that face us today. Some of these challenges go beyond the capabilities of individual research groups, instead requiring a collaborative and coordinated effort.

Co-funded Initiatives aim to pool research expertise and resources to address these challenges through consortia of research funding agencies. These consortia coordinate research funding, targeting areas of strategic importance.

There are two types of initiative that facilitate this in Horizon 2020:

Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND)

JPND-Pathways Analysis across Neurodegenerative Diseases

A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life (HDHL)

Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Agriculture and the HRB are actively engaged in the JPI HDHL which is a partnership of research funding agencies from across Europe and beyond who are working together to address the major societal challenge of healthy lifestyles and nutrition. 

The grand challenge is to identify the most effective ways of improving public health through specific interventions that target diet and physical activity.

The JPI HDHL has identified 3 key interacting research areas:

  • Determinants of diet and physical activity
  • Diet and food production
  • Diet-related chronic diseases

Science Foundation Ireland’s engagement in JPI HDHL Joint Transnational Calls:

European Commission Website

European Research Area Networks (ERA-Nets) are networks of public research organisations that coordinate joint research activities in research areas which are of significant strategic value and relevance to the EU. ERA-Nets are initiated by ERA-Net calls in the Horizon 2020 work programme to which consortia of research funding agencies (ERA-Net consortia) submit ERA-Net proposals.  If approved by the Commission, the ERA-Net consortium forms an ERA-Net which runs joint transnational calls and other transnational activities.  The first joint call run by an ERA-Net is 33% co-funded by the European Commission.

European Commission Website