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First EU ‘Joint Programming Initiative’ as a new approach by the European Commission to tackle major societal challenges

May 31, 2010

Joint Programming in research is a new approach proposed by the Commission in 2008 to tackle major societal challenges such as climate change, energy supply, or big diseases.

The goal of the first EU ‘Joint Programming Initiative’ is to boost research on Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases (JPND) in order to accelerate progress in understanding the causes of these debilitating conditions, leading to early diagnosis, the development of new treatments and prevention and the provision of more effective medical and social care to improve the quality of life for patients and care givers.

To achieve this goal, 24 European countries have decided to work together in an unprecedented collaborative initiative in research which is seeking to align their scientific competencies, medical strengths and social approaches to tackle the challenge.

The European Commission will be supporting the work of the JPND through a coordinating action with an EU contribution of close to € 2 million.

A Scientific Advisory Board comprising 15 of the top neurodegenerative disease scientists from Europe and elsewhere in the world has been formed to advise on the development of the strategic research agenda and its implementation.


General information about ‘Joint Programming’

BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.