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Joint Research Center

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Serving society, stimulating innovation, supporting legislation”

The Joint Research Centre is the in-house science service of the European Commission. Its mission is to provide scientific and technical support to EU policy making, thus operating at the interface between research and EU policy. It provides input throughout the whole policy cycle from conception to implementation and evaluation.
The direct actions of the JRC funded through Horizon 2020 will focus on the EU's policy priorities and the societal challenges as spelled out in Europe 2020 and reflected in Horizon 2020.


The JRC's key competence areas are:


  • environment and climate change;
  • energy and transport;
  • agriculture and food security;
  • health and consumer protection;
  • information and communication technologies;
  • all aspects of safety and security, including nuclear.


The JRC is a Directorate-General of the European Commission. The seven JRC institutes are located on five separate sites in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Its Board of Governors assists and advices the Director General on matters relating to the role and the scientific, technical and financial management of the JRC. The JRC receives direct funds from the European Commission in the framework of research programmes and it earns up to a further 15% through contracts and participation in collaborative projects, technology transfer and work for third parties (including industry and regional authorities).


€ 1.733,94 million


Reference Links:

European Commission leaflet on Horizon 2020 and the Joint Research Center (JRC)


Horizon 2020 official website


JRC website


2014-2015 Calls


National Contact Points

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