Joint Research Centre - European Commission

The European Commission's in-house science service
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The JRC Work Programme 2014-2015 has been developed in line with the EU policy priorities - exiting the economic crisis, boosting Europe’s competitiveness and job creation - as well as with other measures under Horizon 2020, the new European Union’s research and innovation programme for 2014-2020. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve economic growth and create jobs with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges.

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Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with some €79 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020)© EU

As the Commission’s in-house science service, much of JRC's non-nuclear scientific work addresses in particular the societal challenges to be tackled by Horizon 2020, providing a scientific evidence base and technical support to Union policies, while flexibly responding to new policy demands and examining emerging fields of science and technology. The JRC contributes to innovation and competitiveness by supporting the science agenda of relevant instruments such as European Innovation Partnerships, the technology transfer and standardisation.

The general objective of its nuclear work for the European Atomic Energy Community (EURATOM) is 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 in 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.

The continued solid funding for the JRC through successive framework programmes reflects the strong political backing of Europe’s leaders and the European Parliament. They agreed that research and innovation are an investment in our future and so put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs – Europe 2020.

Multi-Annual JRC Work Programme 2014-2015 documents


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