The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre has granted scientists and researchers increased opportunity to use its world class facilities under its Open Access Initiative.
After the success of the first round of the Open Access Initiative, which saw the Joint Research Centre (JRC) receive eligible research proposals from 92 public and private institutions, the centre is now set to open more of its laboratories to outside researchers; with the goal of boosting scientific progress and inter-institution co-operation across the EU.
The first round of the initiative, which launched in 2017, has already resulted in the successful completion of 12 projects, with a further 30 still ongoing: projects conducted as part of the initiative’s pilot phase include resistance testing of adobe ‘mud brick’ materials and highly accurate measuring of the behaviour of neutrons. Facilities which will be newly open to researchers under the next round of the Open Access Initiative include:
- Hydrogen fuel technology development facilities in Petten, the Netherlands, enabling researchers to test hydrogen tanks and fuel cells under a variety of environmental conditions;
- Actinide materials testing laboratories in Karlsruhe, Germany, where researchers will be able to develop new nuclear equipment; and
- Facilities for measuring the reactions and decay of nuclear materials in Geel, Belgium.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the Joint Research Centre, said: “The Joint Research Centre uses EU-funded, world class facilities to help us tackle the most pressing challenges of our time, from climate change to food safety and nuclear security. I am very pleased that we are now doing even more to support others striving to solve societal problems by sharing our laboratories and facilities with bright scientists from all over Europe.”
Researchers in EU Member States and countries affiliated with the Horizon 2020 programme are invited to apply through the Open Access Initiative before 30 September 2019.