Joint Research Center (JRC)

The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission's science and knowledge service. Its mission is to support EU policies with independent, evidence-based, scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle.

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Located across five different EU countries in six sites Brussels, Geel, Ispra, Karlsruhe, Petten, Sevilla) the JRC hosts specialist laboratories and unique research facilities and is home to thousands of scientists working to support the EU policy.

Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. The JRC collaborates with over a thousand organisations worldwide whose scientists have access to many JRC facilities through various collaboration agreements. The activities of JRC are largely funded through the EU’s budget for Research and Innovation.

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AVIA-GIS - Software Technologies for a Healthier World

Avia-GIS is a Belgian innovative SME established in 2001. They have built research and public authority trust over the past 19 years and developed a unique, disruptive software suite - VECMAP® - that supports society to overcome one of its important health threats, the spreading of Pests of Public Health importance.

With the help of a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 project, they will be able to add Integrated Pest Management functionalities and go to the market. With the grant, that was an essential component of their second investment round, Avia-GIS aims at raising its revenue from the current 2 M€ to 14.2 M€ in 2024, and increase the headcount from 15 to 58.

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