JRC Partners

Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute

Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI), set up in 1935, originally called Central Hydraulic Research Institute, is the oldest of its kind in China. The Institute was designated by the Chinese Government as one of the national non-profit research institutions for public service in 2001. NHRI is a multipurpose national hydraulic research complex, mainly dedicated to basic research, applied research and technological development, and undertaking directional, principal and comprehensive researches for water conservancy, hydroelectric power and waterway transportation projects as well as researches on soft science and macro decision making. At the same time, the Institute acts as the Dam Safety Management Center, the Research Center for Climate Change, the Engineering Quality Inspection Center and the Nanjing Engineering Measurement Examination Center of the Ministry of Water Resources. NHRI is the host and one of the founding partners of the JRC.



Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface. Throughout the world, we work on smart solutions, innovations and applications for people, environment and society. Our main focus is on deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Managing these densely populated and vulnerable areas is complex, which is why we work closely with governments, businesses, other research institutes and universities at home and abroad. Our motto is Enabling Delta Life. As an applied research institute, the success of Deltares can be measured in the extent to which our expert knowledge can be used in and for society. For Deltares the quality of our expertise and advice comes first. Deltares is one of the founding partners of the JRC.



Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 162 countries, the vast majority from the developing world. Numerous research and capacity development projects are carried out throughout the world. The Institute offers a unique combination of applied, scientific and participatory research in water engineering combined with natural sciences, social sciences and management and governance. Since its establishment the Institute has played an instrumental role in developing the capacities of water sector organizations in the Global South, not least by strengthening the efforts of other universities and research centres to increase the knowledge and skills of professionals working in the water sector. UNESCO-IHE carries out educational, research and capacity development activities that complement and reinforce each other in the broad fields of water engineering, water management, environment, sanitation, and governance. UNESCO-IHE is one of the founding partners of the JRC.


HR Wallingford

HR Wallingford is an independent civil engineering and environmental hydraulics organisation.We deliver practical solutions to the complex water-related challenges faced by our international clients. With a 70 year track record of achievement, our unique mix of know-how, assets and facilities includes state of the art physical modelling laboratories, a full range of numerical modelling tools and, above all, enthusiastic people with world-renowned skills and expertise. Based in the UK, HR Wallingford has a reputation for excellence and innovation, which we sustain by re-investing profits from our operations into programmes of strategic research and development. HR Wallingford reaches clients and partners globally through a network of offices, agents and alliances around the world.


George Mason University

George Mason University is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of areas of study. George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights. George Mason University is one of the founding partners of the JRC.


Black Sea – Danube Association of Research and Development

Black Sea – Danube Association of Research and Development (BDCA) is an independent non-profit research organisation – a grouping of universities, consultancy, other organisations, and individuals engaged in research, training, engineering and advisory activities in coastal protection against flooding and erosion, construction of harbour and coastal structures, and environmental protection on the western Black sea coast and lower Danube. BDCA is one of the founding partners of the JRC.


Stockholm Environment Institute

The Stockholm Environment Institute is an international non-profit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century. SEI works to shift policy and practice towards sustainability. We are an international nonprofit research organization that has worked with environment and development issues from local to global policy levels for a quarter of a century. SEI bridges science and policy to find robust responses to the challenges of sustainability. SEI became one of the JRC partners in June 2016.


Flanders Hydraulics Research

For more than 80 years, Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) has been a centre of expertise for research and advice on hydraulic, nautical, sediment-related and hydrological topics. As a scientific institute and technical support service, we are a division of the department of Mobility and Public Works of the Government of Flanders. Flanders Hydraulics Research supports the preparation and execution of the policy of the Government of Flanders by providing comprehensive, scientifically sound knowledge, knowledge products and advice on water systems. Flanders Hydraulics Research delivers expertise to improve the safety of the navigation, manage both water shortage and flooding in an effective manner, develop a safe, efficient and effective water-related infrastructure and manage the watercourses, coasts and harbours in a way which stimulates the economy whilst at the same time protects the environment. Besides activities on behalf of the policy domain Mobility and Public Works, Flanders Hydraulics Research develops activities for other entities within the Government of Flanders, for other domestic and foreign government services and for the private sector. Research projects for third parties are facilitated by Flanders Hydraulics Public Agency.