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Results of call for Nuclear Fission Safety programme

On 17 January 1995, the European Commission published a call for proposals for research and training activities in the area of nuclear fission safety. This call falls under the Nuclear Fission Safety programme (1994-1998) which is part of the Community Framework Programme in t...
On 17 January 1995, the European Commission published a call for proposals for research and training activities in the area of nuclear fission safety. This call falls under the Nuclear Fission Safety programme (1994-1998) which is part of the Community Framework Programme in the field of research and training for the European Atomic Energy Community.

The first results of this call for proposals are now available. Of the 253 proposals received, the Commission has decided to co-finance 109 research projects and concerted actions to an amount of ECU 86 million. The projects selected cover all important areas of nuclear fission safety and are divided into the specified categories as follows:

- Exploring innovative approaches (12);
- Reactor safety (19);
- Radioactive waste management (27);
- Disposal and decommissioning (7);
- Radiological impact on man and the environment (38);
- Mastering events of the past (eg. Chernobyl)(6).

The principal aim of this programme is to strengthen European research in this field and preserve existing expertise. Another important objective of the Framework programme is, however, the promotion of transnational cooperation between Member States in the research field. For this reason, only projects including partners from at least two Member States may receive financing. In this call, the average number of partners per project (5.45) increased significantly in comparison to previous programmes thus improving co-ordination of research activities at European level. The breakdown of partners by country is as follows:

- Austria: 3%;
- Belgium: 6%;
- Germany: 16%;
- Denmark: 4%;
- Spain: 4%;
- Finland: 4%;
- France: 11%;
- United Kingdom: 18%;
- Greece: 2%;
- Ireland: 2%;
- Italy: 7%;
- Luxembourg: 0.17%;
- The Netherlands: 6%;
- Portugal: 1%;
- Sweden: 7%;
- Other: 9%.

The European Commission anticipates that a second series of proposals will be submitted under the current Framework programme. However, in contrast to this first call for proposals , the European Commission intends to narrow down its focus in the second round to extend scientific coverage of the selected research topics and fill in any existing gaps. Details of the second call for proposals will be published at the end of 1995.
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