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JRC Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety - 1996 Annual Report

The Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety (ISIS), part of the Commission's Joint Research Centre, has published its 1996 annual report, outlining the Institute's activities during the period from its establishment in March 1996 to the end of the year.

The Institute wa...
The Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety (ISIS), part of the Commission's Joint Research Centre, has published its 1996 annual report, outlining the Institute's activities during the period from its establishment in March 1996 to the end of the year.

The Institute was formed on 6 March 1996 by merging two previous JRC Institutes. The aim of the reorganization is to enable the JRC to respond faster to new applications and customer demands. In line with the Council's directions, the JRC as a whole has been increasing the proportion of its activities carried out on the basis of a competitive approach. The ISIS has successfully met the Council's targets in 1996, with an average of 17% of work on the basis of competitive contracts.

The strongest increase during 1996 was in support activities for the Commission won under competitive bidding. These activities include scientific and technical support for legislative initiatives and for the implementation of policies. In the competitive market, the JRC has the advantages both of neutrality and scientific know-how. Competitive and institutional support work for the Commission made up around 45% of the ISIS's activities in 1996.

The second largest increase during 1996 was in collaborative research. ISIS scientists were involved in 39 shared cost projects within the Fourth Framework Programme, each with several partners in different Member States. Each of these projects is the result of a proposal submitted to the Commission in response to open calls for proposals. Collaborative research activities help the Institute to build a long term basis of technical expertise.

Work for third parties remained at the 1995 level during 1996. In 1997, however, this aspect will receive greater attention, as part of a JRC-wide initiative to improve intellectual property protection and look for more opportunities to license technologies and transfer them to industry.

The annual report gives details of research activities and results in a number of key themes. It shows how the Institute's different skills and expertise have contributed to the research and outlines the achievements.

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