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FP7-EURATOM-JRC - Specific Programme on direct actions to be carried out by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) for nuclear research and training activities

Framework programme


Previous programme


Programme funding

EUR 517 million

Official Journal Reference

L 54/139 of 2006-12-30

Legislative Reference

2006/970/Euratom of 2006-12-18

The key objective is to provide customer-driven scientific and technical support to the Community policy related to nuclear energy, ensuring support to the implementation and monitoring of existing policies while flexibly responding to new policy demands.


The Specific Programme establishes the activities for the nuclear actions of the Joint Research Centre, supporting the whole range of research actions carried out in transnational cooperation.The JRC mission also underlines the need for the JRC to undertake high quality research activities in close contact with industry and other bodies and to develop networks with public and private institutions in the Member States. In all of the activities of the JRC, both dimensions are present, but their respective importance varies from direct support to Commission Services to basic research undertaken in a wide European or international perspective.

The nuclear activities of the JRC aim at satisfying the R&D obligations of the Euratom Treaty and supporting both Commission and Member States in the field of safeguards and non-proliferation, waste management, safety of nuclear installation and fuel cycle, radioactivity in the environment and radiation protection.

The objective of this Specific Programme is to develop and assemble knowledge, to provide crucial scientific/technical data and support for safety/security and reliability, sustainability and control of nuclear energy, including aspects related to innovative and future systems. The participation in the indirect actions of the Framework Programme will strive to maximise complementarity with the institutional work programme.

One of today's major concerns in the nuclear field is the loss of knowledge, expertise and especially technology and engineering for handling radioactive material and radiation fields. The JRC will continue to act as a European reference for the dissemination of information, training and education for young scientists and to provide access to its infrastructures for other researchers, thus sustaining nuclear know-how in Europe. .

Another objective will be further development of collaboration through networking at European and world level. The possibility of the JRC taking part in networks of excellence and integrated projects will be particularly important in this connection.

In addition, the JRC will facilitate a fact-based debate and informed decision-making on the appropriate energy mix to meet the European energy needs (including renewable sources of energy and nuclear power).

Please visit the CORDIS site to check the latest calls of proposals and the official work programme under the 'Euratom' specific programme

Please visit the CORDIS site ( to download the following legal documents:

- Council Decision of 18 December 2006 concerning the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) for nuclear research and training activities (2007-2011) (2006/970/Euratom)

- Corrigendum to Council Decision 2006/971/EC of 19 December 2006 concerning the Specific Programme implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) for nuclear research and training activities (2007 to 2011) (2006/976/Euratom)

- Council Regulation (Euratom) No 1908/2006 of 19 December 2006 laying down the rules for the participation of undertakings, research centres and universities in action under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Atomic Energy Community and for the dissemination of research results (2007 to 2011).


The following information was based on the official information available at the time of writing. Priorities and activities may change.
For the very latest information please consult the work programmes available with the appropriate call at:

This specific programme shall cover the following JRC activities:

A Nuclear waste management, environmental impact
- Spent fuel characterisation, storage and disposal
- Partitioning, transmutation and conditioning
- Basic actinide research
-. Nuclear data
- Medical applications from nuclear research
-. Measurement of radioactivity in the environment
- Knowledge management, training and education

B Nuclear safety
- Nuclear reactor safety
- Nuclear fuel safety in power reactors operating in the EU
- Safe operation of advanced nuclear energy systems

C Nuclear security
- Nuclear safeguards
- Additional protocol
- Open source information collection on nuclear non-proliferation
- Combating illicit trafficking of nuclear materials, including nuclear forensic analysis.


The Community will undertake activities implemented by the JRC, which are referred to as direct actions.


Please visit the CORDIS site to check the latest calls for proposals and the official work programme under the FP7 'SIS' research theme
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