We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The JRC is funded by the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, for its non-nuclear work and by the EURATOM Research and Training Programme for its nuclear work. The JRC budget amounts to approx. €330 million annually for direct support to EU institutions through scientific and technical advice to policy.
Further income is generated by the JRC through performing additional work for Commission services, and contract work for third parties such as regional authorities or industry. This work complements the tasks outlined in the JRC’s Work Programme 2014-2015 and is an essential tool for acquiring and transferring knowledge and expertise.
The JRC employs over 3000 staff coming from throughout the EU, who bring their skills and talents to work on scientific issues for the EU. About 77 % of the people at the JRC are scientists and researchers or work on scientific projects, while 21% carry out administrative or support activities, and 2% work in nuclear decommissioning and waste management.
The latest figures regarding budget and resources are available in the JRC annual report.