Romania welcomes world-class physics project


A scheme to build a state-of-the-art facility for research in the field of nuclear physics aims to benefit the wider European scientific community and provide a much needed shot in the arm for the Romanian R&D system. 'Extreme Light Infrastructure' (ELI) is a pan-European research project which is hosted in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. Investment from the European Regional Development Fund is being used to help build a major R&D infrastructure in Romania called ELI-NP.


Phase 1 of the ELI-NP project should be completed in 2015. It will provide a variety of new high-quality, energy efficient buildings, namely: a building to house the laser technologies; a gamma source and experiments building; a structure for laboratories; and a guest house, office block and cafeteria.

Phase 1 will also deliver a 10PW laser arm. A second laser arm will be commissioned at the end of phase 2 – a move which will dramatically increase access time for researchers. When the building work is complete, the ELI-NP facility will be managed directly by the Horia Hulubei National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN–HH). Following implementation, the scheme is expected to create more than 250 jobs.

Programme name
European Structural and Investment Funds
EC’s priorities
Jobs, Growth and Investment
Ministerul Economiei, Autoritatea de Management pentru Programul Operaţional Sectorial 'Creşterea Competitivităţii Economice', Romania
EU Budget contribution to the project
EUR 149 390 771
Project location
2007 to 2016
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