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. SESAMONET is a secure and safe mobility network developed (patent pending) by the JRC to improve and increase the mobility of visually impaired people.


    Science Areas: Energy and transport, Information Society, Safety and Security
    Keywords: ICT, safety
  2. As the EU relies on science, technology and innovation to secure its present and develop its future, reflecting on and anticipating societal impacts arising from current narratives embodied in EU policy is essential to ensure trust among citizens.

    President Juncker’s inaugural guidelines call for deepening of dialogue between society and European institutions, stating that “The social market economy can only work if there is social dialogue” and vowing to be “a President of social dialogue”.


    Science Areas: Innovation and growth
    Keywords: innovation, research, policy
  3. The JRC is carrying out research to assess new and emerging information and communication technologies (ICT) in respect to their impact and associated risks for the European citizen, with the aim to identify ways and measures to protect the citizen against cyber-related threats. This includes data breach exercises, privacy by design technologies, RFID deactivation, and data protection for smart metering systems. 


    Science Areas: Information Society, Safety and Security
    Keywords: ICT, security
  4. Today in the world millions of shipping containers constantly travel and cross national borders. Cargo containers are considered as a weak link in the supply chain as they can be potentially exploited to defraud customs, introduce illicit cargo and breach security protocols.. Within this context, a number of national and international programmes .and agreements have been drafted to limit the potential for miss-use of intermodal containers.


    Science Areas: Energy and transport, Safety and Security
    Keywords: transport, safety, security, antifraud
  5. The JRC's work on sensitivity analysis and sensitivity auditing is used to ascertain how model results used in impact assessment and elsewhere depend upon the information fed into them, their structure and underlying assumptions.


    Science Areas: Innovation and growth
    Keywords: impact assessment, statistics
  6. The Smart Specialisation Platform (S³P) assists Member States and regions to develop, implement and review their Research and Innovation strategies for Smart Specialisation (RIS3).


    Science Areas: Innovation and growth
    Keywords: region, growth
  7. The JRC supports a range of EU policy areas related to soil, including assessment of soil resources, agriculture and food security and addressing soil protection measures.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change
    Keywords: soil
  8. The JRC supports the European Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, addressing areas such as erosion, contamination, compaction, landslides and loss of soil biodiversity and organic matter.


    Science Areas: Environment and climate change
    Keywords: soil
  9. The JRC uses space technologies to address disaster risk reduction and to support the response and reconstruction phase after a disaster.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: hazard, monitoring, space
  10. The Commission launched in 2014 the "Cohesion Policy and the synergies with the research and development funds: the Stairway to Excellence (S2E)" project, managed by the Joint Research Centre within the Smart Specialisation Platform.


    Science Areas: Innovation and growth
    Keywords: region, growth, innovation