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For the last 30 years, the European Institute for Transuranium Elements has been undertaking research and development assignments for the member states of the European Union. During this time, the objectives and tasks have changed in the face of new developments in nuclear fuel cycle technology. If in the beginning the metallurgy of plutonium and fuel tests for quick breeder reactors were prominent, the focus has been changed, since the mid-seventies, towards two new development areas: fuel cycle safety and basic research on actinides.
Despite all the changes and due its facilities, the Institute, in close interaction with industry, research centres and the institutions of the member states and the European Commission, has always given its programmes an applied orientation.
The current distribution of activities with about 30% basic research, 40% applied research and 30% services and tasks for third parties seems sensible, also for the future.
In this context it is interesting to notice that the Institute has been able to comply with the guidelines of the Fourth RTD Framework Programme of the European Commission.
The contribution shows, mostly with examples from the previous year, that in the context of the competition for third party finance, the Institute has been successful with a self-financing part of 12%. It has reacted quickly and flexibly to the changed requirements of its clients. This is shown in the adaptation, innovation and investment in new equipment for future tasks in paragraphs 2 and 4 of the article.
Additionally, the Institute has to keep, for the future, a self-standing competence in those areas where its institutional role as a natural and independent body is necessary and of objective use.
The last paragraph of this contribution reveals that the Institute is also cultural and economic importance for the region of Karlsruhe. ruhe.

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Bibliographic Reference: Article: Atomwirtschaft (1996)
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