• Posted 28-Jul-2020

Open access to JRC Research Infrastructures

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) opens its scientific laboratories and facilities to people working in academia and research organisations, industry, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and more in general to the public and private sector.

The JRC offers access to its non-nuclear facilities to researchers and scientists from EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020. For nuclear facilities, the JRC opens to EU Member States and to countries associated to the Euratom Research Programme.

Offering access to visiting researchers is part of JRC's strategy to:

  • enhance dissemination of scientific knowledge;
  • boost competiveness;
  • bridge the gap between research and industry;
  • provide training and capacity building.

Scientists will have the opportunity to work in the following fields:

  • nuclear safety and security (Euratom Laboratories); 
  • chemistry;
  • biosciences/life sciences;
  • physical sciences;
  • ICT;
  • Foresight.

The results will also feed into JRC's mission to support EU policymaking.

The JRC is opening access to the following groups of Research Infrastructures:

Nuclear calls:

  • Actinide User Laboratory (ActUsLab)
  • Laboratory of the Environmental & Mechanical Materials Assessment (EMMA)
  • European research infrastructure for nuclear reaction, radioactivity, radiation and technology studies in science and applications (EUFRAT)

Non-nuclear calls:

  • Energy Storage
  • European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA)
  • Nanobiotechnology Laboratory

Relevance-driven access

The relevance-driven access is exclusively dependent on scientific and socio-economic relevance at European level. It is based on a peer-review selection process following a call for proposals. Projects accessing JRC facilities under the relevance-driven mode are only charged the additional costs associated to such access.

The following laboratories are listed under the nuclear calls for relevance-driven access:

Actinide User Laboratory (ActUSLab), Karlsruhe, Germany — Closure of the call: 30 September 2020

European research infrastructure for nuclear reaction, radioactivity, radiation and technology studies in science and applications (EUFRAT), Geel, Belgium — Closure of the call: 15 October 2020

Laboratory of the Environmental & Mechanical Materials Assessment (EMMA), Petter, The Netherlands — Closure of the call​​​​​​​: 15 October 2020

Market-driven access

Market-driven access is granted upon payment of a fee covering the full access costs of the JRC, and it is mainly targeted to industry.

The following laboratories are listed under the non-nuclear calls for market-driven access:

Safety and Security of buildings (ELSA), Ispra, Italy — Continuous call

Energy Storage, Petten, The Netherlands — Continuous call

Source: EU Science Hub | Research Facility | Open Access (https://bit.ly/2WXstuL)