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Take this rapid survey directed to visitors of our website (Open Access to the JRC Physical Research Infrastructures) who are interested in accessing JRC research infrastructures, but do not engage because of different reasons. The results from the survey will be used by the JRC to improve and facilitate the access of users to our programme for open access to our research infrastructures.

Open access to JRC Research Infrastructures

The JRC facilitates the access to non-nuclear research infrastructures in the relevance-driven mode to User Institutions located in countries from the "Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation" Action.

It also provides support covering the travel and subsistence of users accessing JRC nuclear research infrastructures in the relevance-driven mode.

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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities to people working in academia and research organisations, industry, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and more in general to the public and private sector.

The JRC offers access to its non-nuclear facilities to researchers and scientists from EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020. For nuclear facilities, the JRC opens to EU Member States and to countries associated to the Euratom Research Programme.

Offering access to visiting researchers is part of JRC's strategy to:

  • enhance dissemination of scientific knowledge;
  • boost competiveness;
  • bridge the gap between research and industry;
  • provide training and capacity building.

Scientists will have the opportunity to work in the following fields:

  • nuclear safety and security (Euratom Laboratories); 
  • chemistry;
  • biosciences/life sciences;
  • physical sciences;
  • ICT;
  • Foresight.

The results will also feed into JRC's mission to support EU policymaking.

The JRC is opening access to the following groups of Research Infrastructures:

Nuclear calls:

  • Actinide User Laboratory (ActUsLab)
  • Laboratory of the Environmental & Mechanical Materials Assessment (EMMA)
  • European research infrastructure for nuclear reaction, radioactivity, radiation and technology studies in science and applications (EUFRAT)

Non-nuclear calls:

  • Energy Storage
  • European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA)
  • Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

Relevance-driven access

The relevance-driven access is exclusively dependent on scientific and socio-economic relevance at European level. It is based on a peer-review selection process following a call for proposals. Projects accessing JRC facilities under the relevance-driven mode are only charged the additional costs associated to such access.

Market-driven access

Market-driven access is granted upon payment of a fee covering the full access costs of the JRC, and it is mainly targeted to industry.


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Previous calls

Non-nuclear calls: Nanobiotechnology

  • Oct 08 2020
    Jan 08 2021

    The Nanobiotechnology Laboratory features state-of-the-art equipped facilities designed to foster interdisciplinary studies. A special emphasis lies on characterisation of nanomaterials, microplastics, nanomedicines, advanced materials and their interactions with biological systems, as well as on the detection, identification and characterisation of nanomaterials in food and consumer products.

Nuclear calls: European research infrastructure for nuclear reaction, radioactivity, radiation and technology studies in science and applications (EUFRAT)

  • Sep 17 2020

    Definition and conditions of access

    Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units. For MONNET, the Access Unit corresponds to a 'Measurement week' made available for the experimental activities. MONNET operates on a 24h/7 days per week basis. An Access Unit is about 120 hours of beam time and includes the time to build up and to dismantle the experimental set-up (if needed) and can be used partially.

Non-nuclear calls: Safety and Security of buildings (ELSA)

Non-nuclear calls: Energy Storage