European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC)

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy throughout the whole policy cycle. We create, manage and make sense of knowledge and develop innovative tools and make them available to policy makers. We anticipate emerging issues that need to be addressed at EU level and understand policy environments. We collaborate with over a thousand organisations worldwide whose scientists have access to many JRC facilities through various collaboration agreements. Our work has a direct impact on the lives of citizens by contributing with its research outcomes to a healthy and safe environment, secure energy supplies, sustainable mobility and consumer health and safety. We draw on over 50 years of scientific experience and continually build our expertise in knowledge production and knowledge management.

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Rue du Champ de Mars 21 , Brussels , 1050 Belgium
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Research institute
Industry Type:
Monitoring and Testing
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)
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The JRC is a Directorate-General of the European Commission under the responsibility of Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth & Sport.

Its Board of Governors assists and advises the Director-General on matters relating to the role and the scientific, technical and financial management of the JRC.

The JRC is spread across six sites in five different countries within the EU.

Leadership and JRC organisational chart.

The JRC employs over 3000 people, from EU countries and candidate countries to EU membership, who bring their skills, talents, passion and rigour into the scientific activities meant to underpin EU policies.

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The JRC is funded by the EU's framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, for its non-nuclear work and by the EURATOM Research and Training Programme for its nuclear work.

The JRC budget amounts to approx. €330 million annually for direct support to EU institutions through scientific and technical advice to policy.

Further income is generated by the JRC through performing additional work for Commission services, and contract work for third parties such as regional authorities or industry.

This work complements the tasks outlined in the JRC’s Work Programme 2014-2015 and is an essential tool for acquiring and transferring knowledge and expertise.

The latest figures regarding budget and resources are available in the JRC annual report.