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Secondment programme 

The JRC Secondment Programme aims to train researchers from industry or other research institutes in a specific scientific area at the Joint Research Centre and vice versa. Training is achieved by integrating the researchers within a research project for a suitable period ranging from typically one week to one year. During this collaboration, the relevant know-how is transferred in a natural way by participation in a research project.

Benefits to the Partners of the Joint Research Centre

  • The Partner obtains a hands-on access to expertise and know-how in scientific areas in which the JRC has a reference status.
  • Being closely involved in the Community Policy making, the JRC is an important scientific source for European regulatory legislation. Partners can access crucial information to align themselves with regulations, at an early stage.
  • As the Secondment Programme is essentially dedicated to training and technology or know-how transfer with common objectives, the external partner obtains significant leverage on his investment in the Programme.
  • Information that is specific to the external partner can remain proprietary, provided that this does not prevent future JRC research in the area.
  • Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) from the JRC to the Partner can be provided if needed.

Intellectual Property Rights

The results generated during the execution of the training program are subdivided in two types with respect to Intellectual Property Rights:

  • Some of the results will be co-owned by both parties.
  • Partner-specific results may be owned exclusively by the external partner or by the Joint Research Centre.
  • If, for the exploitation of the transferred know-how, access to Intellectual Property Rights belonging to the JRC is needed, this access can be granted as part of the contract.

Fee Structure

The salary and other charges of the seconded person remain the responsibility of the seconding organisation. The participation fee in the programme should be arranged with the relevant JRC host institute individually as the type of work and resources needed vary strongly from case to case. This fee should cover overhead costs incurred by the visitor during his/her stay, cost of the JRC staff engaged and where appropriate a compensation for the transfer of know-how.

Secondment Programme Research Areas

The Secondment Programme at IET offers training leading to transfer of know-how and technology in the following areas:

  • Boron Neutron Capture Therapy
  • Large Component Neutron Diffraction Facility


For further information please contact:

Management Support Unit
Joint Research Centre
Institute for Energy and Transport
P.O. Box 2
1755 ZG Petten
The Netherlands