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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. The JRC supports the integration of new wireless services by carrying out research and measurement activities to test impact of emerging technologies on existing wireless infrastructures.


    Science Areas: Standards
    Keywords: standard, ICT
  7. The Eurocodes are standards for the construction sector which aim to increase the safety of buildings in the face of natural and man-made hazards. The JRC supports their design, monitors their implementation and contributes to organising practical workshops, important for their implementation.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security, Standards
    Keywords: standard, building, safety
  8. The EU is the largest provider of external aid in the world. It is therefore essential that information on aid funding by various donors is easily available and comparable. The JRC has developed EU Aid Explorer, a web based tool that facilitates the sharing of aid funding data from multiple sources.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: antifraud, aid
  9. JRC research in the area of structural materials for nuclear applications allows for the safe long-term operation of current nuclear reactors and the next generation of nuclear power plants.


    Science Areas: Nuclear safety and security
    Keywords: nuclear, standard
  10. Surveillance research at the JRC supports EU security policies ensuring at the same time individuals right to privacy.


    Science Areas: Safety and Security
    Keywords: surveillance