Collaboration with JRC

Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission’s science and knowledge service. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process. JRC undertakes high quality research in the field of fuel cells and hydrogen that is of considerable relevance to the implementation of the FCH 2 JU activities. FCH JU's collaborative priorities have always included a close working relationship with the Joint Research Centre (JRC).

During the FP7 period, cooperation between the JRC and FCH JU was structured around a Framework Agreement that both covered support activities where JRC provided in-kind contribution to FCH JU, as well as foresaw possible funded JRC participation to FCH JU projects.

For the Horizon 2020 period, a Framework Contract between FCH 2 JU and JRC was signed by both parties on 18/02/2016. Contrary to the situation under FP7, JRC participation in FCH 2 JU funded projects is not possible according to Horizon 2020 Rules.

The joint research work coordinated by JRC and FCH JU is focusing on priority areas, at policy and technology level, where coordinated and collaborative international activities are of interest. These areas include:

•    support to formulation and implementation of RCS strategy
•    contribution to programme monitoring and assessment
•    contribution to safety dimension and safety awareness
•    testing activities in support to specific part of the programme