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You can learn more about the Euratom research activities in the area of nuclear science and technology, the relevance for our energy supply and for the use of radiation in medicine and industry by taking a look at these sections:

Fission at work

Current Euratom research efforts focus on the safe, long-term management of hazardous radioactive waste, investigating advanced concepts for nuclear reactor technology, optimising the use of uranium resources, and ensuring that all uses of nuclear technology meet high safety and performance standards. This section describes EU fission activities in radioactive waste management, reactor systems, radiation protection as well as the key cross-cutting areas of research infrastructures and human resources and training. Links are provided to the details and descriptions of all recently and currently supported research projects in the Euratom fission and radiation protection programme.

Funding opportunities

The DG Research budget for nuclear fission and radiation protection research is EUR 287 million for the 5 years 2007-2011. Because of the ever-evolving nature of research needs as well as EU policies in the nuclear field, the framework programme uses a wide range of inputs to make sure that research activities remain relevant. In this section, you will find information about how the programme is implemented, especially the calls for proposals.

Collaborative platforms

Keeping research and engineering efforts on track is crucial for the sustainability of Europe's nuclear industry. To align research objectives across the EU, the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform, comprising industry (both utilities and suppliers), research organisations, safety bodies and experts from universities, published a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) in 2009 that covers all aspects of current and future nuclear systems and safety research. This and two other important platforms - one on implementing geological disposal, and another on research on the risks of low and protracted exposure to ionising radiation - are described in this section. Such collaborative initiatives by the research community as a whole are essential stepping stones to the establishing of an efficient and effective 'European Research Area' in nuclear science and technology.

Under the microscope

The research supported through the Euratom programme is highly technical and at the cutting edge. For a more in-depth understanding, we unravel some of the mysteries of the science and technology underlying the research projects funded within Euratom. Topics such as how a nuclear reactor works, the different types of reactor under study, how nuclear waste can be managed, and risks from exposure to radiation are all addressed.

International cooperation

Euratom is open to cooperation with countries outside the EU on the basis of mutual interest and benefit, thereby making the most of scientific excellence from anywhere in the world. Such cooperation also provides a way for Europe to export its excellent 'nuclear safety culture' - it is in everyone's interest that the highest possible safety and performance standards are met and implemented globally, both in existing installations and in future plants.

Youth & young scientists

Research and training activities are of paramount importance in ensuring continued high levels of nuclear safety, both now and in the future. Ensuring that professionals in the field are working to the highest standards, and training new scientists and engineers to replace an ageing generation of experts when they retire, are both central to this effort. Part of each Euratom FP project's budget is dedicated to education and training activities.


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