JRC-IPTS collaborates and engages with many external organisations and individuals. Collaborating and networking with the international research community, national and regional authorities, international bodies, industry experts and NGOs are crucial and frequent in the development of IPTS research and activities.

Collaboration takes place in international joint research projects, competitive multi-partner projects within the RTD Framework Programme, networks with national and regional authorities, experts and representatives from a variety of spheres on the technical working groups of the bureaux activities, collaboration groups for feeding and accessing JRC databases and econometric models, constant participation in workshops and seminars, and also through the externalisation of certain aspects of the research.

The JRC works with some 1000 partners world-wide, most of which are located in the EU Member States.