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RADMET, Radionuclide Metrology laboratories (EUFRAT)

Radionuclide Metrology laboratories (RADMET)
Jul 08 2020
Oct 15 2020

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 diverse samples ranging from reference materials for environmental monitoring to solutions for primary standardisation of activity. 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.

EUFRAT-RADMET

  • Mode:
    Relevance Driven
  • Identifier:
    2020-1-RD- EUFRAT-RADMET
  • Location:
    Geel, Belgium
  • Opening of the call:
    2020-07-08
  • Closure of the call:
    2020-10-15
  • Communication of the assessment of proposals:
    2020-12-15

Open

Priority topics of RADMET

  1. Primary standardisation of radioactivity (the most accurate type of measurements) independent of any other radioactivity standard.
  2. Radiological characterisation of materials and samples (determination of radionuclides and their activity)
  3. Decay data measurements that are essential for calibrations in routine laboratories, applications in nuclear medicine and many other scientific uses of radionuclides.
  4. Testing of radiological instruments and methods
  5. 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.
  6. 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 a 'Measurement 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 € / Measurement week
    • Research infrastructure operated by users: possible

Support of users for travel and subsistence

The JRC may provide a financial or in-kind contribution to support Users to cover their costs of travel and subsistence (T&S) related to User Stay Days, subject to the availability of funds, personnel and other resources to Users from User Institutions located in an EU Member State or country associated to the Euratom Research Programme (only Switzerland and Ukraine).

A User Stay Day is a day of physical presence of a User at the concerned Research Infrastructure for Access related to the User Access Project. A User Stay Day counts as a registered entry to the JRC site where the Research Infrastructure is located.

  • Estimated total number of User Stay Days for short- term stays eligible for T&S allocated to all EUFRAT calls*: 120
  • Estimated total number for long- term stays (months) eligible for T&S allocated to the EUFRAT calls*: 6

* 2020-1-RD-EUFRAT-GELINA, 2020-1-RD-EUFRAT-HADES, 2020-1-RD-EUFRAT-MONNET, 2020-1-RD-EUFRAT-RADMET

Long term stays are primarily for students and have a duration of at least 1 month. They are typically 3 to 9 months for Karlsruhe, and 1 to 6 months for Petten and Geel.

The Lead User is invited to fill in the User travel and subsistence form and send it to JRC-OPEN-EUFRAT@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call. For more information the Lead User may contact the JRC Research Infrastructure at JRC-OPEN-EUFRAT@ec.europa.eu.

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;

Eligibility criteria

  • The Lead User Institution and User Institutions (see definitions in the Framework) must be from an EU Member State or country associated to the Euratom Research Programme (only Switzerland and Ukraine)..
  • 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.

Selection criteria

Proposals will be evaluated in accordance to the following selection criteria:

  • Scientific implementation (50 points)
  • Collaboration and access to new Users (20 points)
  • Strategic relevance to the JRC (15 points)
  • Strategic importance for Europe (15 points)

How to apply

The proposal must be prepared using the Relevance-driven Proposal Submission Form.

For RADMET the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT (RADMET) Facility Specifications Form following 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.

The User Selection Committee will only evaluate proposals that are complete and comply with the instructions in the proposal submission form.