Research and innovation are acknowledged to play a key role in creating jobs and boosting growth, which is a top priority for the European Commission. To address the challenges and opportunities facing Europe, innovation has been placed at the core of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Restoring sustainable growth will only be possible if the EU completes the Single Market, boosts competitiveness and promotes innovation in the industry and services sectors.
The JRC provides scientific support to the EU's internal market through its work on standardisation, its support to industrial policy through foresight studies in areas such as health, food security and eco-industries, its activities on raw materials, and through smart specialisation. Through smart specialisation, the JRC strategically addresses economic development and target support to Research and Innovation (R&I) across the EU. The JRC also supports programmes like the European Innovation Partnerships and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
The European Research and Innovation Observatory and the Bioeconomy Observatory are other examples of tools developed by the JRC in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, to monitor EU research and innovation policies and activities.
To read more about the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020, take a look at the Horizon 2020 website.