Research infrastructures are an essential part of research in nuclear and radiological sciences and range from large, expensive laboratory complexes to informatics tools such as numerical modelling platforms.
Support may cover design, refurbishment, construction and/or operation of key infrastructures. This could include material test facilities and training reactors, underground research laboratories and radiobiology facilities and tissue banks. All are necessary to maintain high standards of technical achievement, innovation and safety in the European nuclear sector. Support for trans-national access to these infrastructures also ensures maximum use of existing facilities.
New infrastructures may be supported where there is clear added value from EU-level intervention. This is especially so if this can help establish critical mass in a field of research or there is a need to replace aging, but expensive facilities. However, the size of the Euratom fission budget limits the support that can be given to major developments. Useful evaluation of planned infrastructures is provided through the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) process.
Infrastructures also have a crucial link with education and training of scientists and engineers.
Last updated on: 2008-04-29