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 European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has made significant investments in the construction and operationalisation of unique research infrastructures in several science and technology domains. Many of these facilities are instrumental in accomplishing JRC’s mission. They also allow JRC staff to maintain and develop their scientific competence, promote cooperation with European and international partners, and offer training and education.
The JRC maintains 37 physical research infrastructures suitable for opening access to external users in the nuclear and radiological (Euratom Laboratories) fields, chemistry, biosciences/life sciences, physical sciences and ICT. They are located at our sites in Ispra (Italy), Geel (Belgium), Karlsruhe (Germany) and Petten (The Netherlands). These infrastructures (i.e. laboratories) are fit for experimental work generating data for users’ analyses.
The JRC has offered access to research facilities within various forms of collaboration and actions, including indirect actions funded by the Commission’s Directorate-General Research and Innovation in its Framework Programmes for research. These activities have demonstrated that there is potential demand by third parties to access JRC research infrastructures and the need to ensure a fair and transparent method for allocating access.
The JRC Strategy 2030 foresees opening up our research infrastructure to external use, granted on the basis of open calls with different modes of access to ensure transparency and fairness, and to address different research and industrial requirements.
The main objectives of opening up access of JRC physical research infrastructures are to:
Benefits of opening up JRC research infrastructures are multi-fold; granting access fulfils scientific needs and provides benefit to the research of external users accessing our facilities. These can be summarised as follows:
The JRC will open its non-nuclear research infrastructures to researchers and organisations from EU Member States, candidate countries and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020.
The JRC will open its nuclear research infrastructures to researchers and organisations from EU Member States, candidate countries (on the conditions established in the relevant agreement or decision) and countries associated to the Euratom Research Programme Horizon 2020. The scope of the work for nuclear research infrastructures must be in line with JRC priorities for direct actions as defined in Annex I of Council Regulation (EURATOM) No 1314/2013.