Why the EU supports nuclear fission research and innovation
Nuclear fission can harness large quantities of energy released to generate electricity for the benefit of society as a whole.
Nuclear science and technology has also other applications. For example, radiation is used extensively in medical diagnostic and therapeutic practices, x-rays, cancer radiotherapy or radioactive tracers.
Most radioisotopes and radio-pharmaceuticals are produced in nuclear reactors, which may also serve as research facilities.
What is the EU doing?
Nuclear technology in the EU has an outstanding safety record but research is still needed to
- maintain a high level of safety in operating nuclear facilities, including the long-term management of associated radioactive waste
- better understand the risks and hazards associated with the use of radiation in medicine and industry
- develop and sustain nuclear expertise and excellence in the EU
- assess risks of low and protracted exposure to ionising radiation, including in medical applications
- sustain research infrastructures and education and training
Gain easier access to debt and equity financing, such as InnovFin, managed by the European Investment Bank Group and European Investment Fund
The Euratom programme provides funding for nuclear fission research
CEF energy funds and finances energy infrastructure projects
Funding for innovative low-carbon technology research with focus on environmentally safe Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and innovative renewable energy technologies
Co-financing for climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation research, supporting the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy
EU Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) aims to make it easier for SMEs to access finance in all phases of their lifecycle
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