Major investment for an EU scientific research hub in Romania gets the go ahead
Support for a cutting edge research facility that will involve 40 research and academic institutions from 13 member states was today approved by the European Commission.
The financial contribution from the EU would come from the Structural Funds with an investment of almost EUR 180 million. It is part of a wider initiative with the Czech Republic and Hungary to make up a European research consortium pioneering the use of state- of- the art laser technology.
The part of the project approved today will be established in Romania. Known as "Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics", ELI-NP will serve as a pan European laboratory hosting a broad range of scientific disciplines from ground breaking fundamental physics, to new nuclear physics and astrophysics as well as material science and life sciences. Researchers will also be working on new ways to handle nuclear materials and radioactive waste.
This is a so-called "major project", of which the total public funding is above €50 million and thus subject to a specific decision by the European Commission, whereas other types of projects are approved at national or regional levels.