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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) , initially established by the Euratom Treaty, has become a leading institute of nuclear research in Europe and carries out direct research actions under Euratom.
In this context, FP7 nuclear research activities at the JRC focus on providing customer driven scientific and technical support to address the major issues and challenges in nuclear energy research. The aim is to support and monitor Community existing policies while at the same time responding to new policy requirements.

Euratom/JRC nuclear research under FP7 will contribute to the further consolidation of the European Research Area in the nuclear energy sector. This should help the creation of a critical mass and new structures in new areas of research at the European level, as well as promote the free movement of ideas, knowledge and researchers.

The JRC's nuclear actions under FP7 can be divided into the following thematic areas:

- Nuclear waste management, environmental impact and basic knowledge

  • Spent fuel characterisation, storage and disposal
  • Partitioning, transmutation and conditioning
  • Basic actinide research
  • Nuclear data
  • Medical applications from nuclear research
  • Measurement of radioactivity in the environment
  • Knowledge management, training and education

- Nuclear safety

  • Nuclear reactor safety
  • Nuclear fuel safety in power reactors operating in the EU
  • Safe operation of advanced nuclear energy systems

- Nuclear security

  • Nuclear safeguards
  • Ensuring that no undeclared nuclear operations are carried out
  • Open source information collection on nuclear non-proliferation
  • Combating illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, including nuclear forensic analysis.

In general terms, the proposals aim to develop and assemble knowledge, to provide crucial scientific and technical data and to support nuclear safety, security and reliability, while at the same time ensuring the sustainability and control of nuclear energy.

The JRC will continue to act as a European reference for the dissemination of information, training and education for young scientists and will cooperate with research organisations in the Member States to carry out research activities, training and knowledge management.

At the same time, research efforts continue to focus on waste management, environmental impact, nuclear energy solutions and nuclear safety. In view of the growing political importance of non-proliferation issues, research in this area will also be reinforced.

Last updated on: 2011-07-08