Call for proposals for EURATOM Fission NFRP-2014-2015 Closed!

Objectives

The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) is implemented by specific programme and work programmes.

The JRC's activities shall be an integral part of Horizon 2020, in order to provide robust, evidence-based support for Union policies. This shall be driven by customer needs, complemented by forward-looking activities.

Actions

Actions foreseen within this call for proposals include the following topics:

  • NFRP-01-2014: Improved safety design and operation of fission reactors. The European Union (EU) has a strong leadership in reactor design and operation responding to stringent safety requirements from regulators and seeks to foster convergence of nuclear safety approaches. The EU is also at the forefront of the development of innovative reactor designs with even higher safety characteristics. Today's major research challenge is evidently to reinforce research cooperation on reactor safety at EU level and worldwide.
  • NFRP-04-2014: EU concerted development of Member State research on radioactive waste management. The Radioactive Waste Management Directive (2011/70/Euratom), which was adopted in 2011, requires each Member State to inter alia carry out research activities. Member States' research in this field is aligned with national timeframes to implementing technical solutions for geological disposal facilities. The immediate challenge is to address uncertainties about the safety of such facilities, to build a sound safety case, special attention being paid to stakeholders' concerns regarding all ultimate radioactive waste materials to be disposed of. It is also necessary to maintain scientific competence to demonstrate the safe operation of facilities. Taking into account the scope of IGDTP, this action should exploit synergies between industry, implementers, Technical Safety Organisations (TSO), policy makers and the research community.
  • NFRP-07-2015: Integrating radiation research in the European Union. Radiation protection aims at protecting people and the environment from the potentially harmful effects of ionising radiation. It is of particular interest in the context of the rehabilitation of contaminated territories following an accident, as well as the protection of people and the environment during normal operation. The deep understanding of the effects of ionising radiations is also necessary for drawing maximum benefits from the adequate use of these in medical and industrial applications. Contrary to high dose, the risks from low dose of radiation, including its interaction with other risk factors, are poorly understood. A reinforced multidisciplinary approach to research and innovation is considered as essential to further develop the knowledge base in this field. This approach should encompass a number of basic scientific disciplines besides the specific disciplines pertaining to radiation protection so far, such as emergency preparedness, radioecology or the medical use of ionising radiation. It will require cooperation of the entire European research community concerned with a view to exploit to the best extend the synergistic aspects amongst these different disciplines.
  • NFRP-10-2014: Education and training (Bologna and Copenhagen processes). One of the main goals of Euratom from its inception in developing research and training programmes is to maintain nuclear expertise by generating knowledge (research) and developing competences (training). A key concern of industry and policy makers (in particular, regulators) world-wide is that human resources could be at risk, especially because of high retirement expectations and low renewal rates in countries with a tradition of nuclear installations and a strong need for further specialised training in emerging nuclear energy countries. More specifically, within the EU, the nuclear education and training community is faced with the challenges of lifelong learning and cross border mobility. This action should be undertaken under the umbrella of the Technology Platforms and other authoritative expert bodies concerned.
  • NFRP-11-2015: Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts.
  • NFRP-02-2014: Tool for the fast and reliable prediction of severe accident progression and anticipation of the source term of a nuclear accident. The fast and reliable prediction of severe accident progression and the anticipation of the source term in case of severe accident is of paramount importance for the protection of people in triggering the appropriate response to a nuclear emergency. The need to improve the tools for predicting the plant status and the source term has been identified as a priority following the Fukushima accident as it gives input to accident management strategies and for dose projection caused by atmospheric releases
  • NFRP-06-2014: Supporting the implementation of the first-of-the-kind geological repositories. Substantial progress has been made over the last decades in RD&D for the management and disposal of radioactive waste in Europe. The EU has established a world-wide leading position in the field. By 2015, three Member States (Finland, Sweden, possibly also France) should have submitted an application for authorisation to build and operate an underground repository, in particular for high level and long-lived radioactive waste and spent fuel. In view of the operation of these facilities planned by 2025, it is essential to address the remaining key technical and scientific issues of common interest. In particular, research should improve the knowledge base for the safety case including the development of monitoring strategies, also taking into account stakeholder's concerns.
  • NFRP-08-2015: High density uranium fuel and targets for the production of medical radioisotopes. A shortage of Molybdenum-99 has occurred mainly as a result of the low availability of research reactor facility and of the extensive replacement of highly enriched uranium fuel by low enriched one to address nuclear proliferation concerns. This has been at the origin of the European Observatory on the Supply of Medical Radioisotopes, created in order to organise the availability of this essential radiopharmaceutical product. Research and innovation should be undertaken to support the replacement of highly enriched uranium fuel and targets by low enriched and high density ones. The issue for the fuel is the sufficient performance and safe operation of the reactor, notably for preserving the fuel elements from meltdown, e.g. in using an appropriate conditioning. The issue for the targets is to achieve a sufficient number of fission reactions that produce Molybdenum-99 and to get a high quality pharmaceutical product.
  • NFRP-09-2015: Transmutation of minor actinides (Towards industrial application). The elimination or transmutation of minor actinides is a key to the sustainability of the back-end of the fuel cycle. Further research is needed in order to demonstrate the feasibility of transmutation of high-level waste at industrial scale. Advanced experimental tests as well as numerical simulation tools will be required to conduct this interdisciplinary research encompassing basic as well as applied sciences. The technological and economic performance of transmutation in a fast neutron facility should also take into account the other possible uses of the equipment, e.g. for the production of radioisotopes or material testing for nuclear fission and fusion applications.
  • NFRP-12-2015: Nuclear developments and interaction with society. Perception by and engagement with civil society regarding nuclear applications is a challenging issue. This has been highlighted particularly in the interdisciplinary study and the symposium on "Benefits and Limitations of Nuclear Fission for a Low Carbon Economy". A large body of knowledge of past successes and failures in interacting with civil society in the implementing of nuclear projects exist in the form of books and studies, press articles, government reports, radio and TV broadcasts, the memory of projects stakeholders, etc. The aim of this activity is to exploit to the best extent this information in view of shedding light on the last sixty years of developments of nuclear in Europe and a number of other major nuclear stakeholder countries, clarifying the context within which certain decisions were made, identifying the factors which influenced projects' success or failure in gaining engagement of the civil society and ultimately, help improving communication and interaction with civil society for the benefit of all public and private stakeholders concerned.
  • NFRP-13-2014: Fostering the network of National Contact Points. Facilitate trans-national co-operation between National Contact Points (NCPs) on Nuclear Fission and Radiation Protection with a view to identifying and sharing good practices and raising the general standard of support to programme applicants, taking into account the diversity of actors that make up the constituency of this Programme.
  • NFRP-14-2014: Regional initiative aiming at nuclear research and training capacity building. Maintaining competence in fission safety remains of interest for a number of Member States especially in the Baltic and Eastern European region. Discussions have started at these various regional levels with the aim to develop jointly sustainable applications of fission for e.g. new and safer research reactor technology, radioactive waste management and training and education in these fields.
  • NFRP-03-2014: New innovative approaches to reactor safety. Some very innovative reactor safety concepts are investigated, which could become breakthrough options if their scientific and practical maturity is demonstrated. The Euratom research, with its focus on safety and reliability and optimal waste management, should also consider such possible breakthrough options.
  • NFRP-05-2014: Supporting the licensing of geological repositories. Interaction between regulatory authorities, their TSO and national radioactive waste management organisations is essential in the context of the licensing process of underground repositories. These interactions are aimed at developing a common understanding on reviews of license applications. They also are aimed at identifying and developing the necessary scientific competence for actors in this field to fulfil their respective roles.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 85,87 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 17 September 2014 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for EURATOM fission (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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