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Strategy for the exploitation of research results funded under Euratom Research and training Programmes in the field of radiation protection


The aim of the action is to identify, analyse and monitor how the results achieved by research projects on radiation protection funded by the past Euratom Research and Training Programmes, are used and capitalised on by various stakeholders so that they would serve a double purpose: (a) better use of research results for policy making and (b) better use of research results for implementing the Euratom requirements for radiation protection of the public, staff and patients Based on those analyses, measures to facilitate future use and dissemination of research results should be identified and proposed under this action. Moreover, this action should analyse scientific contribution of Euratom research to the Euratom directives on safety standards and to other international regulations and recommendations, such as those formulated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Committee on Radiological Protection and Public Health of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development or the International Commission on Radiological Protection, and the findings of the United Nation’s Scientific Committee on the effects of Atomic Radiation and their further use for policy making. The action should identify and propose methods and tools to improve exchange of research results among the scientific community, peer review their publication and communicate their ascertained substance to citizens. Special eligibility conditions related to the composition of a consortium apply to this topic.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the Euratom Programme of between EUR 0.4 and up to a maximum of EUR 0.5 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Euratom Research and Training Programmes have funded a large number of research projects in the last decades in the field of radiation protection. Those projects have led to significant scientific outcomes used by various stakeholders and end-users (national and European policy makers, regulators, medical institutions, etc.). Some of these research projects contributed to the safe use of industrial applications of ionising radiation and to the development of tools supporting radiation protection of the general public, workers, patients and the environment. Nevertheless, there is a lack of systematic assessment of the use of the results of projects for radiation protection funded by the FP6 and FP7 Euratom Research and Training Programmes.

this action is supposed to provide a systematic assessment of the use of research results from the past Euratom radiation protection projects and to propose recommendations for future research policy in this field. As a result it will facilitate use and dissemination of research results and will reinforce the European integration of radiation protection research while making science in radiation protection more understandable for EU citizens.