The JRC offers access to its non-nuclear facilities to researchers and scientists from EU Member States, candidate countries and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020. For nuclear facilities, the JRC will open to EU Member States, candidate countries (on the conditions established in the relevant agreement or decision) and 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);
- biosciences/life sciences;
- physical sciences;
The results will also feed into JRC’s mission to support EU policymaking.
Two access modes: relevance-driven and market-driven
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. Payment may be settled by a monetary payment or in the form of economically valuable in-kind contributions (e.g. consumables such as mock-ups, instrumentation, testing rigs, or the provision of human resources). JRC nuclear research infrastructures may grant access free of charge (i.e. no payment of the additional costs related to access).
Market-driven access granted upon payment of a fee covering the full access costs of the JRC, and it is mainly targeted to industry.