JPI Oceans

JPI Oceans ( The Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans) is an intergovernmental platform that strives to increase the impact of national investments in marine and maritime research and innovation.

By joining forces, JPI Oceans focuses on long-term collaboration between EU Member States, Associated Countries and international partners. The platform provides its member countries with a shared voice, strategic agenda and action plan to address complex ocean-related societal challenges that cannot be solved at national level.

JPI Oceans adds to the value of national research and innovation investments by aligning national priorities and implementing joint actions.

The strategy of JPI Oceans is defined by its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) which was published in May 2015. The SRIA presents ten Strategic Areas, developed and agreed by JPI Oceans (with the support of CSA Oceans) as strategic priorities for marine and maritime research in Europe. The ten strategic areas are:

  1. Exploring Deep Sea Resources
  2. Technology and Sensor Developments
  3. Science Support to Coastal and Maritime Planning and Management
  4. Linking Oceans, Human Health and Wellbeing
  5. Interdisciplinary Research for Good Environmental Status
  6. Observing, Modelling and Predicting Oceans State and Processes
  7. Climate Change Impact on Physical and Biological Ocean Processes
  8. Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Ecosystems
  9. Food Security and Safety Driving Innovation in a Changing World
  10. Use of Marine Biological Resources through Development and Application of Biotechnology

In addition to the Strategic Areas, three cross-cutting issues have been identified where JPI Oceans can add value in the European landscape.

  1. Science-Policy Interface
  2. Human Capacity Building
  3. Infrastructures

Malta actively participate in the JPI Oceans Management Board and the Internal Advisory Committee, and participates in four JPI Oceans Joint Actions.

More information on JPI Oceans can be found in the official website –

Joint programming is a concept introduced by the European Commission in July 2008 and is one of the initiatives aimed at implementing the European Research Area (ERA). The concept intends to tackle the challenges that cannot be solved solely at national level and allows Member States and Associated Countries to participate in those joint programming initiatives where it seems useful for them.

The main objective is to increase the value of relevant national and EU R&D and infrastructure investments through a combined effort of jointly planning, implementing and evaluating national research programmes. Member States and Associated Countries are expected to coordinate national research activities in the broadest sense. The alignment of resources and the development of common research and innovation agendas serve as a basis for long-term cooperation through which complementarities and synergies are exploited in order to tackle grand societal challenges.

JPI Oceans uses a range of tools to solve the challenges outlined in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

Joint Actions are initiated to implement the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of JPI Oceans. The size and scope of each action will vary depending on the research needs and the method used will depend upon the objective.

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This article was last updated on: February 24, 2021