The "Generation IV International Forum" (GIF) is a nuclear-related research and development international programme launched in 2001. GIF is organized into, six reactor system arrangements (SA) and within each system arrangement, specific project arrangements (PA) exist. The six reactor systems are: Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR); Lead-cooled Fast Reactor (LFR); Very High-Temperature Reactor (VHTR); Gas-Cooled Fast Reactor (GFR); Supercritical Water-Cooled Reactor (SCWR); Molten Salt Reactor (MSR). In addition, three cross-cutting methodology working groups (MWG) were created on Economic Modelling (EMWG), Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection (PRPPWG), and on Risk and Safety (RSWG).
On the basis of an EU Commission Decision, Euratom adhered to GIF by signing in July 2003 the "Charter of the Generation IV Forum". Euratom then acceded to the International "Framework Agreement" among the Members of the Generation IV International Forum. The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission is the Implementing Agent for Euratom within GIF. France is participating as an individual full member within GIF and only brief information will be given to complement any specific GIF reporting provided by France.
Euratom has been contributing to all six systems to allow all Member States (MS) to allow any contribution and sharing of research results in specific systems of their choice as EU Member States (MS) are responsible of their own national energy mix strategy by including nuclear (or not) within their energy mix.