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Euratom R&D: science & technology for energy - A true European Research Area

Funded under: FP7-EURATOM


The Treaty founding the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) established the ability to pursue Framework Programmes for nuclear research and training activities that are distinct from, and run parallel to, the Framework Programmes for Research and Development under the EC Treaty.
The 7th Euratom Research Framework Programme (Euratom FP7) covers a five-year period from 2007 to 2011 (this is the maximum duration allowed by the Euratom Treaty) but may be extended for an additional two years to correspond with the duration of the EC FP7.
The scope of Euratom FP7 will comprise Community research, technological development, international cooperation, dissemination of technical information and exploitation activities as well as training.
Euratom FP7 is organised in two parts (or ‘Specific Programmes’): one corresponding to ‘indirect actions’ on fusion energy research and nuclear fission and radiation protection; and a second investing in ‘direct’ research activities that is carried out by the Joint Research Centre.
Fusion energy research aims to develop fusion technology as a safe, sustainable, environmentally responsible and economically viable energy source. Activities include the realisation of ITER (as an international fusion research infrastructure), research and development for ITER operation, technology activities in preparation for DEMO (the next pre-commercial experimental facility) and preparation for an International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF).
Research and development activities for the longer term are also planned, as well as human resources, education and training activities. Research in the area of nuclear fission and radiation protection works to enhance the safety performance, resource efficiency and costeffectiveness of nuclear fission for power production and other uses of radiation in industry and medicine.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2007. 6 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KI-76-06-563-EN-J)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-06355-8
Record Number: 200819897 / Last updated on: 2008-07-15
Original language: en
Available languages: en