JRC research topics

The JRC carries out research in a wide variety of fields. Located across five sites throughout the EU, seven research institutes work in the areas of agriculture and food security, energy and transport, environment and climate change, health and consumer protection, information society, safety and security, innovation and growth, measurements and standards, and nuclear safety and security.

  1. Nuclear fuel safety is the basic component of all safety requirements associated with nuclear energy production. The ultimate goal is to ensure that fuel rods in the reactor core will fulfil their main safety function, which consists of retaining all radionuclides, while generating energy. 


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security, Safety and Security
    Keywords: nuclear, safety, fuel
  2. Nuclear safety research at the JRC encompasses both the safety of the reactors and of nuclear fuel itself. Research includes initiatives such as the EU's Clearinghouse, resources like the European Atlas of Natural Radiation (EANR), and collaborations with the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security, Safety and Security
    Keywords: nuclear, safety
  3. The safe handling, storage and disposal of nuclear fuel is hugely important in the area of nuclear research, and includes the areas of long-term storage, retrievability and recoverability requirements, and safe decommissioning.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security, Safety and Security
    Keywords: nuclear, safety, waste, fuel
  4. All EU Member States are required to monitor radioactivity in the environment. The JRC is responsible for collecting this data in standardised form, where it is then validated and compiled into databases.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change, Nuclear safety and security, Safety and Security
    Keywords: nuclear, safety, environment