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SPRINT Report Summary

Project ID: 662149
Funded under: H2020-Euratom-1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SPRINT (SNETP Programming for Research and Innovation in Nuclear Technology)

Reporting period: 2015-05-01 to 2016-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The essential purpose of the SPRINT project is to support SNETP in the elaboration, and wide adoption and use of its strategic roadmaps.
1. Ensure an inclusive and efficient process for producing strategic roadmaps
2. Improve the ‘value proposal’ of SNETP for the fission R&D community in Europe
3. Confirm SNETP as a key player within the international energy technology landscape
4. EnHance the visibility and dialogue of SNETP towards a wider audience

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

WP1: Task 1.1 – A working group formed from the SNETP Executive Committee prepared the draft of the updated DS. The draft was widely consulted with the SNETP community and comments consolidated. Final editing and polishing of the English was undertaken by the SPRINT consortium. LGI took care of the document’s finalisation with the working group leader, graphical design and printing. At least 3 copies of the printed document were distributed to all SNETP members and more copies were sent to organisations which are hosting or attending regularly major nuclear R&D related events.
Task 1.2 – The update of the SRIA has not been envisaged during P1.
Task 1.3 – The draft of the NC2I CP will be made available for wider consultation by the end of 2016 and its publication and dissemination is envisaged for 2017.
Task 1.4 – The SNETP ETKM WG was reactivated at SNETP ExCom level and a number of interactions have taken place during 2016 with ENEN and the project ANNETTE. The ENS/FORATOM ETKM Task Force will contribute to the update of the ETKM report published in 2010 and propose new E&T recommendations taking into account the new challenges in the nuclear sector.
Task 1.5 – The SNETP has not requested SPRINT to prepare any specific document in P1. However, regular contacts were assured between SNETP and the drafting committee of the Nuclear 2050 Roadmap (NEA/OECD).

WP2:Task 2.1 – In May 2016 LGI launched the action on benchmarking of services provided by clusters in different sectors and different European countries. The aim of the benchmark was to look at the typology of services provided by non-nuclear and non-energy clusters and identify services that could potentially be adapted and implemented in the future by SNETP.
Task 2.2 – This task is based on the recommendations of the first clustering workshop organised in July 2014. It aims at regular and fluid cooperation and communication between the SNETP pillars and their representatives. The event organised in spring 2015 – Nuclear Days – where all 3 pillars coordinated a number of technical meeTings over 3 days shall serve as an example. A joint session of Executive Committee representatives of SNETP and NUGENIA was organised in spring 2016 and was considered to be fruitful.
Task 2.3 – The possibility to develop or use online tools for identification, evaluation and prioritisation of project ideas is under reflection by the SNETP and if the need is specified by the SNETP bodies, the task action will be activated.
Task 2.4 – The possibility to develop or use online tools for involving young researchers in collaborative projects is under reflection by the SNETP and if the need is specified by the EC and/or SNETP, the task action will be activated. The first step towards the creation of this online platform was fulfilled. First of all, the analysis of the needs of young researchers regarding such a platform was addressed. In the framework of the ENC2016, a special workshop was organised, gathering 35 young professionals, representative of the research institutes, European Commission, and ENEN.

WP3: Task 3.1 - SNETP representatives are regularly invited to major nuclear R&D events organised by international platforms and institutions.
Active interactions under the SPRINT umbrella were fostered in particular with EERA-JPNM, IGD-TP and EMIRI. SNETP/SPRINT representatives are also systematically invited to attend IAEA events (annual meeting, INPRO sessions), ENEF, SET-Plan and NEA/OECD meetings.
Task 3.2 - The task was not launched under the P1 and will be rescheduled for launching later in the project.
Task 3.3 - The task is linked to the broader discussion on SNETP evolution and will be rescheduled for launching later in the project.

WP4:Task 4.1 - A new version of the communication plan was submitted on 5 December 2016.
This document gives an update of the communication strategy and action plan, and reports on the SNETP communication actions planned

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

SPRINT contributes to strengthen the role of SNETP as major nuclear R&D platform in Europe. This is recognised by the signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between EERA JPNM in November 2016 that was prepared since summer 2016. SNETP representatives are also regularly invited to high level events of IAEA, NEA/OECD and selected technical conferences.
Furthermore, through dedicated SPRINT tasks the visibility of SNETP has been increased through dedicated communication materials (website, electronic newsletters, factsheets, etc.)
The main exploitable results coming from the P1 of the SPRINT project are
- Strategic document (Deployment Strategy 2015) widely distributed
- Recommendations on new services to be integrated in the offer of SNETP resulting from the cluster`s benchmarking exercise
- SNETP exhibition display supporting physical presence of SNETP at selected events
- Comprehensive and reasonable communication strategy of the SNETP platform
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