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Support for the preparatory phase for the DEMO Orientated Early Neutron Source IFMIF/DONES

This grant will be awarded without a call for proposals in line with Article 195(e) of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1046/2018 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 July 2018 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union, amending Regulations (EU) No 1296/2013, (EU) No 1301/2013, (EU) No 1303/2013, (EU) No 1304/2013, (EU) 1309/2013, (EU) No 1316/2013, (EU) No 223/2014, and Decision No 541/2014/EU and repealing Regulation (EC, Euratom) No 966/2012, and with Article 11(2) of the Rules for Participation Regulation No 1290/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 laying down the rules for participation and dissemination in ""Horizon 2020 - the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020)"" and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1906/2006 (OJ L 347, 20.12.2013 p. 81).

The IFMIF/DONES materials test facility is a high priority on the Fusion Roadmap to electricity from fusion in the second half of this century. A proposal has been put forward to include the IFMIF/DONES facility in the 2018 update of the ESFRI roadmap for Research Infrastructures of EU relevance. Subject to the inclusion of IFMIF/DONES in the ESFRI Roadmap (call INFRADEV-02-2019-2020), the project stakeholders will be entitled to Euratom support for the facility’s preparatory phase. The preparatory phase aims to bring the project to the level of legal, financial, and, where applicable, technical maturity required for implementing it. This will take into consideration all technical input provided by the activities already ongoing under the Broader Approach (BA).

Expected Impact:

  • To achieve a major milestone on the Fusion roadmap;
  • To provide first of a kind structural materials data for a fusion demonstration Tokamak;
  • To provide a flexible facility that can be upgraded to support materials testing for a commercial fusion power plant;
  • To provide a facility with neutron spectrum and flux for materials testing in other sectors such and health and environment.

The European Fusion Roadmap has identified IFMIF/DONES materials test facility as a high priority requirement for the design and construction of a demonstration fusion power plant.