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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 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.

JRC Research Infrastructures now opening access through the relevance-driven mode:

  • Nuclear calls: Actinide User Laboratory (ActUsLab)
  • Nuclear calls: European research infrastructure for nuclear reaction, radioactivity, radiation and technology studies in science and applications (EUFRAT)
  • Non-nuclear calls

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

Nuclear calls: Laboratory of the Environmental & Mechanical Materials Assessment (EMMA)

  • Nov 15 2019
    Jan 31 2020
    LILLA offers testing of mechanical and corrosion properties of materials in liquid lead with controlled dissolved oxygen concentrations and for temperatures up to 650°C.
  • Nov 15 2019
    Jan 31 2020
    The Micro-Characterization Laboratory (MCL) is dedicated to the experimental investigation of materials performance in terms of microstructure and micromechanics. The lab provides insight into the complex coupling between microstructure, its defects and the mechanical behaviour of small volumes of metals, ceramic materials, polymers and composites of interest to the safe operation of nuclear installations and non-power nuclear applications.
  • Nov 15 2019
    Jan 31 2020
    The laboratories are used for the mechanical performance characterisation, life assessment and qualification of structural materials for present and next generation nuclear systems. It includes test machines and auxiliary equipment for creep, tensile and fracture tests for different test specimen including small punch and small punch creep tests. Supporting 3D profilometry, x-ray tomography, microstructural analysis and data management tools can be offered.
  • Nov 15 2019
    Jan 31 2020
    The AMALIA laboratory is used in order to study the effect of environment on the mechanical performance and characterisation including life assessment and qualification of structural materials for present and next generation of nuclear systems. It includes test machines and auxiliary equipment for corrosion and environmentally assisted cracking testing for various types of test specimen. In support, 3D profilometry, x-ray tomography, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), microstructural analysis and data management tools can be offered.

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

Non-nuclear calls: Energy Storage