Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe

Aim of the JPI Urban Europe

Joint Programming is an instrument established in 2008 by the European Commission to strengthen research and innovation by having European countries voluntarily work together and pool national research efforts. The Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe was set up in 2010 to strengthen European research and innovation in the field of urban development. Through JPI Urban Europe, member countries can generate European solutions by means of coordinated research. The aim is to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas, in which European citizens, communities and their surroundings can thrive.

JPI UE addresses the entire urban field. It aims to make better use of European public Re-search, Development & Innovation resources and to tackle common European urban chal-lenges more effectively.

Activities within JPI Urban Europe

  • setting up a joint research strategy with many different stakeholders (Strategic Re-search & Innovation Agenda)
  • financing European research projects (Joint Calls)
  • looking into long-term urban trends and challenges in Europe (Megatrends)
  • creating different structures so that a variety of urban stakeholders may influence and shape the research agenda (Urban Europe Forum, Scientific Advisory Board, Urban Europe Research Alliance)
  • promoting interactions and creating networks between researchers, policy makers, business and practitioners and civil society
  • making sure urban research (programmes) in individual European countries are aligned with each other and the JPI UE programme (Alignment)

Members of the JPI Urban Europe

This initiative currently has the following European members: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Portugal and Spain are observers.


Hans-Günther Schwarz

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Tel: +43 1 711 62 - 65 2932
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