Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
European Commission

JRC Activities

The JRC is the Commission's in-house science service and the only service responsible for direct research. It is funded by Horizon 2020, the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness.

Horizon 2020 sets out the overall objective for the JRC non-nuclear work as follows: to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support to Union policies, while flexibly responding to new policy demands. Therefore, the JRC contributes to Horizon 2020 general objective and priorities by, inter alia:

  • Providing direct scientific support to the Commission’s policy departments;
  • Developing standards and providing references in support of European competitiveness;
  • Upholding innovation and thus supporting the science agenda of relevant instruments such as European Innovation Partnerships as well as public-private partnerships and public-public partnerships;
  • Helping bolster knowledge and technology transfer.

The JRC's nuclear work within the EURATOM Research and Training Programme complementing Horizon 2020 has as objective to pursue research, manage knowledge and training activities with emphasis on nuclear safety and security, while contributing to the transition to a carbon free economy in a safe, efficient and secure way.

The JRC Work Programme 2014-2015 is organised in six policy clusters which cover the entire range of JRC activities, funded both by institutional and competitive resources:

  1. Economic and Monetary Union (EMU)
  2. Single market, growth, jobs and innovation
  3. Low-carbon economy and resource efficiency
  4. Agriculture and global food security
  5. Public health, safety and security
  6. Nuclear safety and security (EURATOM programme)

In addition to direct support to policy, the JRC uses its scientific competences into cross-cutting and network-building activities in order to leverage and boost engagement of industry, develop new knowledge and skills and build strong partnerships with the Member States and other international stakeholders. The JRC also contributes to impact assessments of policy proposals, scientific analysis of policy options and assessment of their impacts inter alia through strengthening its modelling capacity. It supports the standardisation process and standards as a horizontal component in support of European competitiveness. Ultimately, JRC disseminates its research results and provides support on the management of intellectual property rights to Union institutions and bodies.

In order to fulfil its mission as reference centre for the Union, key contributor to and facilitator of the European Research Area, the JRC will also continue to develop and upgrade its state-of-the-art research infrastructure (including e-infrastructures).

Multi-Annual JRC Work Programme 2014-2015 documents


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