Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS

Previous programme


Successor programme


Programme funding

EUR 246 million

Official Journal Reference

L 200 of 1977-08-08

Legislative Reference

77/488/EEC, Euratom of 1977-07-18
To carry out "in-house" scientific and technical research programmes as an integral part of the Community's overall policy for research and technological development and to provide scientific and technical support for other services of the Commission in the formulation and the implementation of Community policies for which they are responsible.


The programme was drawn up in accordance with the Council resolution of 17 December 1970 concerning the procedures for adopting research and training programmes (Official Journal No L 16 of 20.1.1971).

Initially adopted for a period of four years (1977-1980) with a budget of 346 million units of account, the programme was replaced by a new four-year programme as of 1 January 1980 and unused funds amounting to 100 million units of account were allocated to the new programme.


Ten programmes:

- Reactor safety:
. Reliability and risk assessment;
. Out-of-pile and in-pile studies of accidents involving loss of coolant in light water reactors;
. Liquid metal fast breeder sub-assembly thermohydraulics;
. Core melt-down and fuel-coolant interactions;
. Dynamic structure loading and response;
. Prevention of structural failure in reactors;

- Plutonium fuels and actinide research:
. Utilization limits of plutonium fuels;
. Plutonium and actinides aspects of the safety of the nuclear fuel cycle;
. Actinide research;

- Management of nuclear materials and radioactive waste:
. Assessment of the long-term hazards of radioactive waste storage;
. Chemical separation and nuclear transmutation of actinides;
. Studies on reactor component decontamination;

- Solar energy:
. Habitat and thermal conversion;
. European solar irradiation facility;
. Orientation studies centred around direct conversion;

- Hydrogen:
. Thermo-chemical processes for the decomposition of water;
. Heat source coupling;

- Thermonuclear fusion technology:
. Conceptual studies on thermonuclear fusion reactors;
. Research on materials necessary for fusion, in particular on their behaviour under irradiation, and analysis of required testing methods and equipment;
. Study of the problems concerning safety of the environment;

- High-temperature materials:
. Meeting point Petten;
. Effect of the operational environment on the mechanical properties of high-temperature materials;
. Failure modes of high-temperature materials;
. Relationship between structure, impurities and properties of high- temperature materials;

- Environment and Resources:
. Atmosphere;
. Water;
. Chemical products;
. Renewable resources;

- Measurements, Standards and Reference Techniques (METRE):
. Measurements of nuclear data;
. Nuclear reference materials and techniques;
. Non-nuclear reference materials and techniques;
. Scientific support for the Commission;
. Scientific support for the Secretariat of the Community Bureau of Reference (CBR);

- Service and support activities:
. Joint programme (informatics, training and education, fissile material control, and technical evaluations in support of the Commission);
. Supplementary programme (operation and utilization of the HFR reactor for programmes of the participating States, the free capacity being at the disposal of the JRC without charge or of third parties in return for a fee.)


The Commission was responsible for the implementation of the programme and, to this end, called upon the services of the Joint Research Centre.

The dissemination of the information resulting from the implementation of the non-nuclear parts of the programme was carried out in accordance with Council Regulation (EEC) No 2380/74 of 17.9.1974 which adopts provisions for the dissemination of information relating to research programmes for the European Community.
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