The European Commission welcomes the 28 new grant agreements that have been signed today under the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2022. Next to this, the Commission is also launching today the co-funded new European Partnership for research in radiation protection and detection of ionising radiation, PIANOFORTE, aiming towards a safer use and improved protection of the people and of the environment, which will also receive funding from the 2021 call for proposals.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said:
I am pleased to see 28 projects and a new European Partnership being launched today under the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2022. It is great to see that there are 9 beneficiaries from Ukraine participating in 8 of the 28 newly launched European projects. These projects will contribute to the EU's efforts to further develop technological leadership and promote excellence in nuclear research and innovation. I am looking forward to see what concrete benefits the Euratom projects will bring to European citizens.
The total budget for the call is €100 million. The Commission has received 51 proposals covering all 16 topics as defined in the Euratom Work Programme 2021-2022. These activities will contribute to improving nuclear safety, radiation protection, and safe use of nuclear power and of non-power applications of ionising radiation.
The new Euratom projects are spread across 25 Member States, Ukraine and the following Third Countries: United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Japan, and the United States.
The Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025) is a nuclear research and training programme with an emphasis on the continuous improvement of nuclear safety, security and radiation protection and fusion energy research. It complements Horizon Europe and uses the same instruments and rules for participation. The budget is €1.38 billion to implement the new programme for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2025.
Most of the Euratom Research and Training Programme is implemented through the following 3 Partnerships:
- EUROfusion – the European Consortium for Development of Fusion Energy, a consortium of European fusion laboratories collaborating to realise fusion energy, in line with the long-term strategy set out in the European research roadmap. By fostering innovation and international collaborations, the Partnership creates economic growth and job opportunities, while putting the EU in the lead of global fusion research.
- EURAD – the European Partnership in radioactive waste management will build on the successful ongoing European Joint Programme in Radioactive Waste Management, EURAD. The Partnership is a step change in the European collaboration towards safe Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), including the geological disposal repositories. Through the development of a robust and sustained science and technology, the Partnership will support timely implementation of RWM activities and it will ensure responsible and safe management of spent fuel and radioactive waste to avoid imposing undue burdens on future generations.
17 June 2022