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Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC112508
Authors: 
WALTER Olaf
Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC114077
Authors: 
VARASANO Giovanni
BOGUCARSKA Tatjana
PEDERSEN Bent
Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC115777
Authors: 
CAZZANIGA Noemi
JONSSON Klas
PALERMO Daniele
CAMIA Andrea
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Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC114953
Authors: 
GROSSI Luigi
NAN Fany
Publication Year: 
2019
JRC Publication N°: 
JRC114406
Authors: 
TSIAMIS Konstantinos
GERVASINI Eugenio
DERIU Ivan
D'AMICO Fabio
KATSANEVAKIS Stelios
DE JESUS CARDOSO Ana
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RADMET, Radionuclide Metrology laboratories (EUFRAT)

Mar 01 2019
May 01 2019

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.

EUFRAT-RADMET

  • Mode:
    Relevance Driven
  • Identifier:
    2019-1-RD-EUFRAT-RADMET
  • Location:
  • Opening of the call:
    2019-03-01
  • Closure of the call:
    Wednesday, 1 May, 2019
  • Communication of the assessment of proposals:
    2019-07-01
  • Make a proposal

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

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 users run the research infrastructure,

  • 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.

Eligibility criteria

  • 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.

Selection criteria

Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with PDF icon weighted selection criteria such as:

  • Scientific implementation
  • Access to SMEs and new Users
  • Strategic relevance to the JRC
  • Strategic importance for Europe

How to apply

The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.

During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:

For HADES, RADMET, GELINA and MONNET the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT (GELINA, MONNET, HADES, RADMET) Facility Specifications Form following the instructions at the end of the form when submitting the proposal. 

The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.

MONNET, Tandem accelerator based fast neutron source (EUFRAT)

Mar 01 2019
May 01 2019

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, deuterons or helium ions. Quasi mono-energetic neutrons are generated 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 proton, deuteron or alpha beams without the emphasis on neutron production, provided that there is added value for the JRC to do so.

EUFRAT-MONNET

  • Mode:
    Relevance Driven
  • Identifier:
    2019-1-RD-EUFRAT-MONNET
  • Location:
  • Opening of the call:
    2019-03-01
  • Closure of the call:
    Wednesday, 1 May, 2019
  • Communication of the assessment of proposals:
    2019-07-01
  • Make a proposal

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 on the basis of Access Units. For MONNET, the Access Unit corresponds to a 'Measurement week' made available for the experimental activities. MONNET operates on a 24h/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: 8
  • 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

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;

Eligibility criteria

  • 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.

Selection criteria

Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with PDF icon weighted selection criteria such as:

  • Scientific implementation
  • Access to SMEs and new Users
  • Strategic relevance to the JRC
  • Strategic importance for Europe

How to apply

The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.

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.

During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:

For HADES, RADMET, GELINA and MONNET the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT (GELINA, MONNET, HADES, RADMET) Facility Specifications Form following the instructions at the end of the form when submitting the proposal. 

The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.

Sticks of cod
Mar 06 2019

JRC scientists developed a novel method to identify fish species present in processed food. This method is complementary to existing fish identification strategies and will support the prevention of frauds.

Fish species identification is traditionally based on morphological features but this may be difficult or even impossible in case of processed products or in cod species, which are usually highly similar.

Frost damage to winter cereals has been minor so far, this winter, despite low levels of frost tolerance in large parts of Europe.
Feb 25 2019

According to the February 2019 issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, which was published today, the review period (1 January to 18 February 2019) was predominantly warmer than usual in most of Europe, in particular from the beginning of February.

As a consequence of these mild conditions, frost damage has been minor so far. However, due to the same mild weather conditions, the low-temperature acclimatisation of winter cereals (winter hardening) remains weak, or has weakened in large parts of Europe.

HADES, Underground laboratory for ultra-low level gamma-ray spectrometry (EUFRAT)

Mar 01 2019
May 01 2019

JRC operates a laboratory for ultralow-level radioactivity measurements inside the 225 m deep underground laboratory HADES, which is located at the premises of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. In HADES, the muon flux (secondary cosmic rays) is a factor of 5000 lower compared to above ground and the flux of protons, neutrons and electrons is reduced to an insignificant level. This reduction of the cosmic ray flux makes the background in gamma-ray spectrometry measurements significantly lower compared to above ground. Therefore it is possible to detect very low amounts of radioactivity (sub mBq range). Eleven specially designed high purity germanium detectors are used for the measurements. There is also a scanning station by which the homogeneity of deadlayers in HPGe-detectors can be studied.

EUFRAT-HADES

  • Mode:
    Relevance Driven
  • Identifier:
    2019-1-RD-EUFRAT-HADES
  • Location:
  • Opening of the call:
    2019-03-01
  • Closure of the call:
    Wednesday, 1 May, 2019
  • Communication of the assessment of proposals:
    2019-07-01
  • Make a proposal

Priority topics of HADES

Ultra low-level g-ray spectrometry for:

  1. Characterisation of reference materials for their radioactive content: e.g. materials used for environmental monitoring, food control, radioactive waste management, earth sciences, archaeology, biology, dating, electronics, radioecology...
  2. Tracing processes in nature like ocean currents (input to climate change modelling) and uptake in the food chain.
  3. Tracing anthropogenic activities from nuclear activities.
  4. Radioecological studies
  5. Support to European NORM industry.
  6. Quality control (checking blanks and low-level samples).
  7. Basic physics experiments in astrophysics and neutrino physics (e.g. search for neutrinoless double beta decay and other rare processes).
  8. Material selection and detector testing for underground experiments.
  9. Study and measurements of rare nuclear decays
  10. Testing of detectors and methods for low-level applications
  11. Materials selection for radiopure detectors
  12. Storage and testing of radiopure components
  13. Characterization of HPGe-detectors for deadlayer homogeneity

Definition and conditions of access

Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units

For HADES, the Access Unit corresponds to a 'Measurement week', i.e. one week of measurement on one of the instruments in HADES. For each approved experiment, HADES will offer the best possible measurement conditions according to the specifications of the users and guaranteeing an optimal data output that is available at the given time.

All users will be requested to complete and deliver safety and security-related documents to get access to the nuclear facilities at HADES. 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: 100
  • Average number of Instrument weeks per Project: 20
  • Estimated costs excluding consumables and expenses:
    • Research infrastructure operated by JRC staff: 0 € / Measurement week
    • 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;

Eligibility criteria

  • 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.

Selection criteria

Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with PDF icon weighted selection criteria such as:

  • Scientific implementation
  • Access to SMEs and new Users
  • Strategic relevance to the JRC
  • Strategic importance for Europe

How to apply

The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.

During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:

For HADES, RADMET, GELINA and MONNET the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT (GELINA, MONNET, HADES, RADMET) Facility Specifications Form following the instructions at the end of the form when submitting the proposal. 

The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.

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