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Project Structure

The implementation process is organized in 8 Work Packages (WP)

WP1 (Policy Dialogue on Research and Innovation) provides support to the Senior Officials Meetings process and to the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation implementation activities in selected priority themes by contributing to build-up the bi-regional knowledge and innovation area and to reinforce bi-regional cooperation.


Concrete research and innovation activities leading up to JIRI implementation are the core of the WP2 (Energy), WP3 (Information and communications technology- ICT), WP4 (Bioeconomy) and WP5 (Biodiversity). These 4 WPs  evolves into full bi regional cooperation platforms involving all relevant stakeholders and undertaking support activities ranging from foresight to agenda setting and actual joint instrument implementation in each of the themes.


WP6 (Capacity strengthening and networking) concentrates on providing support for the extension of a National Contact Point (NCP) network in Latin America and Caribbean countries and to increase collaboration between European and CELAC researchers supporting capacity building and networking.

WP7 (Information management, monitoring, evaluation and quality control) concentrates all information management and diffusion activities, including monitoring and evaluation of results. It relies strongly on the inputs from the four thematic WPs to increase  awareness on the STI potential of CELAC and on the benefits of EU-CELAC cooperation.


WP8 (Coordination and Management) is designed to manage the project’s resources and tools that allow for an efficient and effective project coordination including consortium coordination, scientific and technical knowledge management inside the project, reporting, and external relation between the project and the European Commission. 


Thematic areas covered

Societal challenges are multidisciplinary requiring actions from a wide variety of scientific and innovation actors for tangible goals to be achieved. In view of this, the project was organized along these four intervention areas identified for Pilot Activities within the context of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation by the Senior Officials Meeting held in Brussels on March 2014. 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.