The Radionuclide Metrology laboratories (RADMET) are equipped with a broad set of instruments used for nuclear decay measurements, determination of related nuclear data and radiological characterisation of samples and materials. The set-ups, many of them unique in their kind, are used to perform high accuracy measurements of a large number of radionuclides in samples as diversified as reference materials, solutions for standardisation or environmental samples. RADMET is among the few laboratories world-wide to provide reference data to the international reference system (SIR) on the 100 most relevant radionuclides. In connection to the measurements the lab is well equipped for preparing sources dedicated for the specific measurements.
Priority topics of RADMET
- Primary standardisation of radioactivity (the most accurate type of measurements) independent of any other radioactivity standard.
- Radiological characterisation of materials and samples (determination of radionuclides and their activity)
- Decay data measurements that are essential for calibrations in routine laboratories, applications in nuclear medicine and many other scientific uses of radionuclides.
- Testing of radiological instruments and methods
- Measurements in support of important policy domains like radioactive waste management, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, metal scrap industry, NORM industry and early warning monitoring networks.
- Development and testing of procedures and instruments for nuclear security and detecting illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.
Definition and conditions of access
Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units .For RADMET, the Access Unit corresponds to an 'Instrument week' for experimental activities, e.g. to perform the necessary measurements to fulfil the objectives of the project.
For each approved experiment, RADMET will offer the best possible measurement conditions according to the specifications of the users and guaranteeing an optimal data output.
All users will be requested to complete and deliver safety and security-related documents to get access to the nuclear facilities at RADMED. Approval of access is subject to the rules of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre and the Belgian authorities. Submission of documents should therefore be started in time to allow completion of the approval procedure well before the start of the experiment.
- Estimated total number of Instrument weeks allocated to the call: 52
- Average number of Instrument weeks per Project: 13
- Estimated costs excluding consumables and expenses:
- Research infrastructure operated by JRC staff: 0 € / Day
- Research infrastructure operated by users: Not possible
Options for the allocation of intellectual property rights:
- The JRC and the entitled party (person or organisation that has been granted access) become co-owners in equal shares of all raw data, treated data and documentation data developed with respect to the access;
or, if requested,
- Raw data, treated data and documentation data will be solely owned by the entitled party. The JRC receives a non-exclusive, royalty free, unlimited and world-wide license to use (meaning in particular to access, exploit, adapt, merge, translate, copy and store) the raw data, processed data and documentation data in all fields of exploitation. Where relevant, the license will include all the data / information necessary to replicate the tests.
- The Lead User Institution and User Institutions (see definitions in the Framework) must be from an EU Member State, candidate country (on the conditions established in the relevant agreement or decision) or country associated to the Euratom Research Programme.
- The Lead User Institution must be from a university, research or public institution, or from a Small-Medium-Enterprise (SME).
- Ethical considerations in accordance with EU Law, in particular Art. 19 of Regulation (EU) 1291/2013, and applicable laws and regulations in the EU Member States.
- The proposal submission form is complete and complies with the instructions.
How to apply
The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.
The Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT Target preparation request and follow the instructions at the end of the form when submitting the proposal.
During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:
The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.
Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with weighted selection criteria such as:
- Scientific implementation
- Access to SMEs and new Users
- Strategic relevance to the JRC
- Strategic importance for Europe