Research and innovation are acknowledged to play a key role in maintaining sustainable levels of growth and employment. To address the challenges and opportunities facing Europe, innovation has been placed at the core of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Restoring sustainable growth will only be possible if the EU completes the Single Market , boosts competitiveness and promotes innovation in the industry and services sectors.
The JRC provides scientific support to the EU's internal market through its work on standardisation , its support to industrial policy through foresight studies in areas such as health, food security and eco-industries, and through smart specialisation . Through smart specialisation, the JRC strategically addresses economic development and target support to Research and Innovation (R&I) across the EU.
Research at the JRC also deepens the reflection on the ways scientific expertise and research could help policy-makers to find new sources of growth from the Single Market. It equally contributes to the development of monitoring tools and databases such as the new single market innovation indicator designed to measure the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market.
The European Research and Innovation Observatory and the Bioeconomy Observatory are other examples of tools developed by the JRC in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation , to monitor EU research and innovation policies and activities.
To read more about the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, take a look at the Horizon 2020 website .