EU Science Hub

MONNET, Tandem accelerator based fast neutron source (EUFRAT)

Jul 01 2021
Sep 15 2021

MONNET is a high-intensity quasi mono-energetic fast neutron source, driven by a vertical 3.5 MV Tandem accelerator producing either continuous or pulsed beams of protons, or deuterons. MONNET generates quasi mono-energetic neutrons in the energy region 0 - 24 MeV by using lithium, deuterium or tritium targets. MONNET may also be used as a photon source or for studies requiring protons and deuterons without the emphasis on neutron production, if there is benefit for the JRC to do so. The MONNET laboratory also offers experiments with spontaneous fission sources.

EUFRAT-MONNET

  • Mode:
    Relevance Driven
  • Identifier:
    2021-1-RD-EUFRAT-MONNET
  • Location:
    Geel, Belgium
  • Opening of the call:
    2021-07-01
  • Closure of the call:
    2021-09-15
  • Communication of the assessment of proposals:
    2021-11-15

Closed

Priority topics of MONNET

  1. Neutron cross-section measurements for safety assessments of present-day and innovative nuclear energy systems.
  2. Measurements of nuclear data standards.
  3. Investigations for a better understanding of the nuclear fission process.
  4. Materials research and radiation-induced damage studies.
  5. Advanced methods in nuclear technologies, safety and security.
  6. Exploratory research for the development of new scientific concepts or testing of new equipment.
  7. Dosimetry.
  8. Basic physics.

Definition and conditions of access

Access to the research infrastructure is granted based on Access Units. For MONNET, the Access Unit corresponds to a 'Measurement week' made available for the experimental activities. MONNET operates on a 24h/7 days per week basis. An Access Unit is about 120 hours of beam time and includes the time to build up and to dismantle the experimental set-up (if needed). Depending on the proposed experiment users can use their own equipment, JRC in-house equipment or a combination of both. This has to be indicated in the proposal and should be coordinated already a few weeks before the scheduled beam time. Preferentially, the users must collaborate closely with an in-house staff scientist (a local scientific contact) who is familiar with the facility and the in-house equipment.

All users will be requested to complete and deliver safety and security-related documents to get access to the nuclear facilities at MONNET. 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 Measurement weeks allocated to the call: 4
  • Average number of Measurement weeks per Project: 2
  • Estimated costs excluding consumables and expenses:
    • Research infrastructure operated by JRC staff: 0 € / Measurement week
    • Research infrastructure operated by users: Not 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 the User Stay Days, subject to the availability of funds, personnel and other resources to Users from User Institutions located in an EU Member State.

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

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.

If the proposal includes a request to prepare a target at JRC, 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.

For MONNET the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT (MONNET) 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.