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SOM JIRI Working Groups

Five intervention areas were identified for Pilot Activities within the context of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation (JIRI) since the Senior Officials Meeting held in Brussels on March 2011. These areas were selected because they respond with clarity and in a concrete manner to specific policies and at the same time have fairly well defined scientific boundaries. Hence, they facilitate both the development of research and innovation consortia and effective policy dialogue.

Each of these areas cuts across societal challenges in different ways. It is expected that together they will contribute to effectively addressing the wide array of problems involved and developing sustainable solutions.

On this regards, five thematic Working Groups (WG) were established to develop the pilot activities in the following areas :

  • Bioeconomy
  • Biodiversity and Climate Change
  • ICT for meeting societal challenges
  • Renewable Energies
  • Health

In addition, a cross-thematic group was also established on “Good Practices, funding mechanisms and Careers’ Development”.

The specific objectives of the Thematic SOM Working Groups are to contribute to the policy dialogue between the two regions that is aimed at advancing each selected area as working models for S&T cooperation. As such the Working Groups can be seen as an organizational model and/ or bi-regional thematic network that acts between scientific/technical/organizational projects on the one hand, and country representation national policy and decision making, on the other hand.

As such, the working group targets the integration or association of funded CELAC and EU research teams with national and or regional policy agendas.

Members of the working groups

  • Two co-leaders, one from each region, organising the work of each group
    • Bioeconomy (Argentina + France)
    • ICT for meeting societal challenges (Chile + Finland)
    • Biodiversity and climate change (Colombia + France)
    • Renewable Energies (Mexico + Spain)
    • Health (Spain + Brazil)
    • Cross-Cutting “Good practices & funding mechanisms” and “Careers Development” (Mexico + Portugal/ Chile + Finland)
  • Senior Officials or representatives from several countries of each region to ensure the bi-regional scope of the cooperation
  • The involvement of representatives of the relevant ministries and funding agencies is important to ensure appropriate commitment of resources in the thematic groups
  • Representatives from the European Commission services
  • Thematic experts from both regions with an adviser status in agreement with Senior Officials.

Tasks of the JIRI Working Groups

  • Review and make recommendations on the annual Reports and activity plan prepared by JIRI WGs Leaders and Co-leaders.
  • Identify concrete proposals to be implemented by the JIRI WGs in order to update each report and the activity plan.
  • Identify synergies with on-going related projects and regional and global initiatives in order to implement JIRI WGs Activities.
  • Support the definition of key strategic common priorities, actions, instruments, in each area, enhancing the added value and impact of the biregional cooperation.
  • Detail reflections on HORIZON 2020, focused on upcoming and future calls and bi-regional cooperation opportunities.
  • Explore concrete actions to better involve less participation rate countries from both regions.
  • Participate on virtual and face-to-face specific meetings (whenever possible).

Cooperation with related projects and initiatives

There is a strong coordination with related initiatives in the planning of workshops and in  developing the plans for the implementation of the WG activities. Joint workshops and back-to-back meetings were organized since 2011.

For more information on the activities and achievements of the JIRI Working Groups refers to project library.