The ‘Open Access to JRC Reasearch Infrastructures İnitiative’ was launched in 2017 in order to allow the research community, public authorities and industry in EU member states, candidate countries to make use of the JRC’s unique facilities under certain conditions [1].

Offering access to visiting researchers is part of JRC's strategy to [2] :

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

There are two different modes of access:

Relevance-driven Access is mainly granted to universities, research institutions and SMEs in areas relevant to JRC’s strategic priorities and of importance for European standardisation, integration and cohesion, sustainable growth and competitiveness [1].

Following a call for proposals, an application is evaluated by a transparent peer-review selection process [2].

The relevance-driven access entails costs. Projects accessing the JRC will be charged the additional costs associated (i.e. the variable costs related to access) to a given research infrastructure [2].

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) [2].

JRC nuclear research infrastructures may grant access free of charge [2].

Market-driven Access is granted upon payment of a fee covering the full Access costs of the JRC and its mainly targeted at industry. Projects are selected by placing emphasis on strategic importance at EU level [1].

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[1] JRC Annual Report 2017