How to collaborate with the JRC?
How to collaborate with the JRC if you are an organisation:
- Institutional Networks – networks with partners contributing to the JRC's work programme;
- Indirect Actions – JRC is allowed to participate in FP7 projects and networks under the same conditions as organisations from member states;
- Collaboration Agreements – agreements which concern joint research, information sharing and sometimes the exchange of personnel.
- Training courses and workshops – aiming at disseminating the results of individual projects and studies. To support Member States in implementation of EU policies (for workshops and trainings organised by the JRC institutes, visit the individual institutes' home pages).
- Information and awareness actions (Information Days & Round Tables, EU Presidency Events, Technical & high-level visits) – aiming at increasing awareness of the JRC activities to support EU policies and to promote collaboration between JRC and the Member States.
How to collaborate with the JRC if you are an individual:
How to collaborate with the JRC in the framework of the JRC Enlargement & Integration Action:
The JRC is playing an important role in providing scientific and technological support for EU enlargement and integration, through its Enlargement & Integration Action (E&IA). This action is specifically targeted at organisations and researchers from New Member States (EU2), Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries. Since 2005 the workshops and training possibilities are gradually opening for the partner countries of the European Neighbourhood Policy. In order to promote the co-operation with non EU countries associated to FP7 the JRC E&IA is now also open to Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Israel, Iceland and Norway.
Similar instruments for collaborating with the JRC are available for the target countries in the framework of the E&IA:
How to collaborate with the JRC if you are an organisation from an E&IA target country:
- Projects – projects addressing specific needs of the Enlargement countries
- Workshops – aiming to assist the competent organisations in the E&IA target countries with the scientific and technical methods and techniques underpinning EU policy implementation, learn about the methods currently available in the present or potential candidates of the EU and discuss future implementation
- Information events – aiming at increasing awareness of the JRC activities to support EU policies and to promote collaboration between JRC and E&IA target countries. This is also a powerful instrument for generating interest among the major S&T institutions of a New ember States as well as raising awareness among the decision makers about the importance and relevance of the JRC for the country.
How to collaborate with the JRC if you are an individual from an E&IA target country:
- Temporary jobs – short/medium-term job openings which are available for experts from research organisations, national enforcement laboratories and scientists from the Enlargement & Integration Action target countries
How does the JRC encourage mobility of scientists?
Can I find employment at the JRC?
The JRC employs some 2750 staff and has an active policy of attracting bright and able scientists. Staffs come from throughout the EU, and from the applicant countries, bringing their skills and talents to help resolve current scientific issues. Major advantages are offered by the scientific and cultural diversity in the JRC's multidisciplinary Institutes and cross-Institute scientific collaboration on focused actions. There are various opportunities to work and train with the JRC, which range from permanent appointments to fellowships for young researchers and senior scientists (see the "Jobs" section). There are also possibilities for short and long-term collaboration with the JRC.
What facilities can the JRC offer?
An important part of JRC activity is the opening up of its research facilities to greater external use. The JRC has a wide range of dedicated research facilities that includes the High Flux Reactor in the Netherlands, its linear accelerator in Belgium and its biocyclotron and reaction wall in Italy.
How can an organisation work with the JRC?
The JRC welcomes organisations from Member State and accession countries as partners across the full range of its activities. It is seeking to increase awareness of JRC activities and the opportunities it offers for research co-operation at all levels, and to improve dialogue with potential partners. The JRC also has an active policy of protecting and exploiting its research results and new licensees are regularly sought.
What is the benefit of working with the JRC?
The JRC is one of the few multinational and multicultural research centres in Europe, and works with numerous research partners. Its independence of national or commercial interests and its proximity to EU policy-makers, together with its expertise in key areas make it a unique partner. The JRC encourages co-operation with other organisations to share competencies, acquire new knowledge and maintain high scientific quality through external benchmarking.
How is the JRC funded?
The JRC is allocated an annual budget of around €330 million for direct support to EU institutions from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It earns up to a further 15% from competitive activities (participation in collaborative projects, technology transfer and work for third parties - including industry and regional authorities).
What are the JRC's main priorities in FP7?
The JRC has identified 7 priority areas. These are groupings of actions which are related in terms of theme of study, scientific support fields, required experimental facilities and overall expertise. These groups of actions require similar competencies and contribute to same overall policy area:
- Food chain;
- Biotechnology, chemicals, health;
- Environment ,climate change, natural disasters;
- Energy and Transport;
- Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security;
- Lisbon agenda, information society, rural development;
- Internal/External security, antifraud and development aid;
What is the JRC's role in the FP7?
The JRC is primarily involved in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) through its own research activities - known as ‘direct actions'. These are organised in two specific programmes: one focusing on prosperity in a knowledge intensive society, sustainable management of resources, security and freedom, Europe as a world partner; and one covering the nuclear field: treatment and storage of nuclear waste, non-proliferation, reactor safety, nuclear medicine and radiation monitoring. In addition, the JRC is eligible to participate in FP7 instruments on the same basis as any other research organisation in Europe ('indirect actions').
How is the JRC's work organised?
The JRC's Multi-Annual Work-programme (MAWP) 2007-2013, provides a general description of the line of work and the accompanying actions which are undertaken during the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) period. The Multi-annual work-programme is complemented, at the beginning of each year, by an annual work-programme, which details the Actions to be undertaken by the JRC for that year.
What is the JRC?
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) is a department (Directorate-General, DG) of the European Commission providing independent scientific and technological support for EU policy-making. It works closely on the development of EU legislation with the relevant Commission services, such as the Agricultural, Enterprise, Environment, and Health and Consumer Protection DGs. Knowledge comes from specific application- and issue-oriented research within the seven JRC Institutes and close co-operation with over 1000 public and private organisations in 150 networks in Member State and applicant countries. The JRC also liases with non-EU and global scientific and standard-setting bodies.