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TOPIC : Strategy for the exploitation of research results funded under Euratom Research and training Programmes in the field of radiation protection

Topic identifier: NFRP-2018-9
Publication date: 27 October 2017

Types of action: CSA Coordination and support action
Opening date:
15 May 2018
Deadline: 27 September 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020 H2020 website
Pillar: Euratom Research and Training Programme 2014-2018
Work Programme Year: H2020-2018-2020
Work Programme Part: Euratom Work Programme 2018
Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

Euratom Research and Training Programmes have funded a large number of research projects in the last decades in the field of radiation protection. Those projects have led to significant scientific outcomes used by various stakeholders and end-users (national and European policy makers, regulators, medical institutions, etc.). Some of these research projects contributed to the safe use of industrial applications of ionising radiation and to the development of tools supporting radiation protection of the general public, workers, patients and the environment. Nevertheless, there is a lack of systematic assessment of the use of the results of projects for radiation protection funded by the FP6 and FP7 Euratom Research and Training Programmes.


The aim of the action is to identify, analyse and monitor how the results achieved by research projects on radiation protection funded by the past Euratom Research and Training Programmes, are used and capitalised on by various stakeholders so that they would serve a double purpose: (a) better use of research results for policy making and (b) better use of research results for implementing the Euratom requirements for radiation protection of the public, staff and patients Based on those analyses, measures to facilitate future use and dissemination of research results should be identified and proposed under this action. Moreover, this action should analyse scientific contribution of Euratom research to the Euratom directives on safety standards and to other international regulations and recommendations, such as those formulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development or the International Commission on Radiological Protection, and the findings of the United Nation’s Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation and their further use for policy making. The action should identify and propose methods and tools to improve exchange of research results among the scientific community, peer review their publication and communicate their ascertained substance to citizens. Special eligibility conditions related to the composition of a consortium apply to this topic.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the Euratom Programme of between EUR 0.4 and up to a maximum of EUR 0.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected Impact:

this action is supposed to provide a systematic assessment of the use of research results from the past Euratom radiation protection projects and to propose recommendations for future research policy in this field. As a result it will facilitate use and dissemination of research results and will reinforce the European integration of radiation protection research while making science in radiation protection more understandable for EU citizens.

Topic conditions and documents

1. Eligible countries: described in Annex 1.A of the Euratom Work Programme.
A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.


2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex 1.B and Annex 1.C of the Euratom Work Programme.  

Taking into account the specific conditions under which research results are exploited for defining and implementing radiation protection policies, the participation to this action is limited to Programme Owners or Managers in the Member States and Associated Countries in the field of radiation protection and registered non-profit associations such as the Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative, the European Radiation Dosimetry Group, the European platform on preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergency response and recovery, the Alliance for Radioecology and the European Alliance for Medical Radiation Protection Research.

Proposal page limits and layout: please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission system below.


3. Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex 1.G of the Euratom Work Programme. 
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.

4. Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreements:

Information on the outcome of evaluation (single-stage call): maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

5. Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

Coordination and Support Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template
Standard evaluation form
General MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
Annotated Grant Agreement

6. Additional provisions:

Classified information: described in Annex 1.I of the Euratom Work Programme.

Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.

Financial support to Third Parties: described in Annex 1.J of the Euratom Work Programme. 

Budget flexibility: described in Annex 1.H of the Euratom Work Programme.

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

7. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex 1.K of the Euratom Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.


8. Additional documents:

Euratom Work Programme 2018-20

Legal basis: Euratom Horizon 2020 Regulation of Establishment

Legal basis: Horizon 2020 Rules for Participation


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