The JRC has around 200 operational collaboration agreements with public and private research organisations, universities and national and international bodies. The majority of these agreements are bilateral, concern joint research, information sharing and sometimes the exchange of personnel.
Some agreements have a more political profile, for example agreements signed with regional authorities to foster cooperation between JRC and local organisations, universities and companies. In this respect, JRC has signed agreements for cooperation with the regional authorities of some its sites' locations: Regione Lombardia, Baden-Württemberg, and Andalusia.
Examples of collaboration agreements signed with universities in 2007:
The Institute for Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Patras to collaborate on non-destructive and non-intrusive techniques in support of numerical modelling of factors affecting fuel cell performance.
In the framework of a collaboration agreement, the Politecnico di Milano has seconded a researcher to the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection to work in the field of understanding and resolving issues in the field of characterization, development and testing of new materials and treatments for biomedical applications leading to a more effective management of techniques and risks.