As early as December 2017, researchers will be able to use the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) research facilities located in Ispra (Italy), and thereafter in Geel (Belgium), Karlsruhe (Germany) and Petten (Netherlands), thus helping to maximise the benefits of these world-class infrastructures and laboratories. Past successful cooperation with universities, research institutes and SMEs has shown that there is big interest in using JRC facilities. With this initiative, the JRC aims to spread scientific knowledge, boost competitiveness and help to bridge the gap between research and industry. The results will also feed into JRC’s mission to support EU policymaking. The calls for access to the first three laboratories are available on the dedicated portal.