Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS)

The JRC Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS) provides science-based responses to policy challenges that have both a socio-economic as well as a scientific/ technological dimension.

This techno-economics research is carried out by multi-disciplinary teams whose core activities are:

  • To provide client-specific policy option analysis by conducting targeted studies;
  • Developing and running economic models to make short and medium term projections, address ranges of variability and perform scenario analysis and policy impact assessments;
  • Running techno-economic bureaux to manage information exchange and consensus-building on highly complex techno-economic issues;
  • Providing policy intelligence platforms.

The research is performed at request of other Directorates-General of the European Commission and, to a lesser extent, in support of other European institutions, EU Member States and international organisations.

The Institute's research activities mainly contribute to the conception and development of some of the EU key policies – from agriculture and food security to Digital Economy, and low-carbon economy and resource efficiency – while some projects also support the monitoring and implementation phases of the policy cycle, such as implementing secondary EU environmental legislation, or supporting structural and investment fund interventions in research and innovation.

The Institute is based in Seville and employs 280 people from all over the world gathering more than 30 nationalities.

For general inquiries:

Tel.: +34 954 48 8318
Fax: +34 954 48 8300



To get in touch with people at IPTS, please see our people page or consult the European Commission Directory.