What is the Nuclear Innovation Prize?

The Nuclear Innovation Prize highlights and rewards excellence in nuclear innovation.

There are 2 specific categories for this prize

  • Nuclear Innovation Prize in safety of reactor systems
  • Nuclear Innovation Prize in radioactive waste management

    The first contest will be organised at the next Euratom Research and Training Conferences in Safety of Reactor Systems (FISA 2022) and Radioactive Waste Management (EURADWASTE’22).

    Background

    Euratom funded research in fission, waste management and radiation protection benefits from consistent success in pursuing excellence across a broad range of nuclear science and technologies.

    Together with EU countries the programme has continuously helped maintain a high‑level of competences, underpinned by sound and advanced research. 

    Nuclear researchers and engineers are constantly challenging state-of-the-art in the field and improving evolving technologies thereby creating conditions for innovations beyond technologies and scientific breakthroughs, towards a more dynamic and competitive European industry for the benefit of every citizen and the whole of society. 

      Why is there a prize?

      The contest aims to identify potential disruptive innovations across product developments and their supply chain, from research to market where researchers and engineers play a critical role.

      The prize also highlights and rewards the excellence in nuclear innovation that can be found in this field of research as well as the quality of the talented researchers and industries involved.

      Award criteria

      There are 2 specific categories for this prize. Participants are free to submit an application concerning any technological innovation in the areas of application of fission, radioactive waste and radiation protection science and technology that have been developed within fields covered in Annex I of the Euratom Research and Training Programme 2021-2025.

      These applications should have a market potential or should have been taken up (or recognised) by industry or safety or radiation protection regulators to be further developed for the market or for use by regulators.

      Entries will be assessed on

      • originality and replicability
      • technical excellence
      • economic impact, exploitation of the innovation

      How proposals are judged

      Proposals are studied by an independent jury composed of independent experts in technology transfer, from business and academia.

      Prize values

      Nuclear Innovation Prize in safety of reactor systems

      • 1st place: €50,000
      • 2nd place: €30,000
      • 3rd place: €20,000

      Nuclear Innovation Prize in radioactive waste management

      • 1st place: €50,000
      • 2nd place: €30,000
      • 3rd place: €20,000

      Who can apply

      Researchers, research teams and innovators working for public and private organisations or companies can apply. 

      How to apply

      You must submit your proposal via the EU Funding and Tender opportunities portal 

      Please read carefully the Rules of Contest and the Mock Application Form

      Contact

      For more information email: RTD-FISSION@ec.europa.eu

      Timeline

      • 28 July 2021

        Opening of the contest

      • 20 October 2021

        Deadline for submission of application, 17:00 CET (Brussels)

      • 2nd Quarter 2022

        The Nuclear Innovation Prize will be awarded at the next Euratom Research and Training Conference in Safety of Reactor Systems (FISA 2022) and Radioactive Waste Management (EURADWASTE’22)