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. The European Clearinghouse initiative on Nuclear Power Plants Operational Experience Feedback (“EU Clearinghouse”) has been set up in support of EU nuclear safety authorities, EU technical support organisations, international organisations and the broader nuclear community. Its purpose is to enhance nuclear safety through the lessons learned from operational experience.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security, Safety and Security
    Keywords: nuclear, safety
  2. JRC carries out a significant amount of research, and provides the EU with support in the area of illicit trafficking of nuclear including prevention, detection and response actions to illicit trafficking.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, safeguards, security
  3. The JRC has developed the European Community Urgent Radiological Information Exchange (ECURIE) system and the automatic European Radiological Data Exchange Platform (EURDEP) to support efforts in the area of nuclear emergency support.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, crisis
  4. The JRC are experts in emergency information exchange, including in the area of nuclear science which is important to rapidly and accurately interpret and evaluate the consequences of the results being measured.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, crisis, monitoring
  5. Actinides have many possible applications in various strategic fields, but because of their radio-toxicity, it is necessary to carry out reliable safety assessments of their behaviour. This research is carried out at the JRC in collaboration with a number of academic partners worldwide.


    Science Areas: Standards, Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, measurement, actinide
  6. The JRC carries out research in the area of targeted alpha therapy (also called Alpha-Immunotherapy), which is a new approach to cancer treatment.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, health, cancer
  7. The JRC organises interlaboratory comparisons for conformity assessment for the IAEA Network of Analytical Laboratories (NWAL) and other laboratories in the field. These quality control programmes are under the accredited aim at the analysis of uranium and plutonium containing materials and nuclear signatures in the environment.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, safeguards, measurement
  8. The JRC manages the European Human Resources Observatory in the Nuclear Energy Sector (EHRO-N) in order to act as a point of reference for the sustainable energy sector. Its main task is to monitor the supply of and demand for experts needed in the nuclear energy sector throughout the EU-27 for the years to come.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, training
  9. Radiation occurs naturally in the environment and in order to monitor this activity, the JRC collects and validates environmental radioactivity data from natural origin.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, safety, environment
  10. The JRC is by far the largest provider of neutron data in the European Union which is used when evaluating the safety and risks related to operation of nuclear power plants, nuclear waste management, or new concepts of nuclear power production.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, measurement, neutron