Call Identifier: FP7-Fission-2013
Date of publication: 10 July 2012
Deadline: 13 November 2012, at 17.00.00, Brussels local time
Indicative budget: EUR 55 189 000
In the priority theme of Fusion Energy, the overall objective is to develop the knowledge base
for, and realising ITER as a major step towards, the creation of prototype reactors for power
stations that are safe, sustainable, environmentally responsible, and economically viable.
In the priority theme of Nuclear Fission, Safety and Radiation Protection, the overall
objective is to strengthen the research and innovation framework and coordinate part of the
Member States’ research efforts, thereby avoiding duplication, retaining critical mass in key
areas and ensuring public funds are used in an optimal way. While it is for each Member State
to choose whether or not to make use of nuclear energy, the role of the Union is to support, in
the interest of all its Member States, joint cutting-edge research efforts, knowledge creation
and knowledge preservation on nuclear fission, safety and radiation protection. Its activities
should therefore contribute to the continuous development of a sound scientific and technical
basis all over Europe in order to accelerate practical developments for the safer management
of long-lived radioactive waste, to enhance in particular the safety and security while
contributing to resource efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the European energy system and
to ensure a robust and socially acceptable system of protection of man and the environment
against the effects of ionising radiation.
Euratom research, both fission and fusion, pays attention to the gender equality issue and
participation of women is actively encouraged.
I.1 Approach for 2013
Against the backdrop of the current economic situation and increased global competition, the
Union has defined a strategy to support growth and job creation, Europe 2020. The Innovation
Union Flagship initiative supports this strategy through specific commitments. Research and
innovation are key drivers of competitiveness, jobs, sustainable growth and social progress.
The work programme 2013 aligns with, and contributes towards, the objectives of Europe
2020, the Innovation Union Flagship, the EU’s Energy and Climate policies as well as other
EU policies. There is a determined focus on fostering new ideas, supporting world class teams
tackling significant societal challenges, and on ensuring that the fruits of our investments can
be properly exploited. In this way the work programme provides for a smooth transition
towards the new research and innovation programme for 2014-2020, Horizon 2020.
Nuclear research activities included in this work programme underpin the EU energy policy
developments under the SET-Plan and the Energy 2020 strategy. They contribute to the
‘Innovation Union’ flagship initiative by supporting pre-commercial research and facilitating
technology transfer process between academia and industry and to the ‘Resource efficient
Europe’ flagship initiative by increased research in Nuclear Safety. Activities thus contribute
to defending Europe’s leadership in energy technology and innovation, and in particular
contribute to maintaining a high level of safety with special focus on any necessary research
emerging following the analysis of the Fukushima accident.
The fission, safety and radiation protection programme illustrates the Innovation Union in
action, addressing major societal and technological challenges through its coordinating and
pioneering research activities. The main objectives pursued by this work programme are
joining forces between research organisations, industry and regulatory authorities where
appropriate as well as effectively catalysing the research efforts at EU level and thus making
it more effective towards safety. The strategy is to provide a financial catalyst triggering
further stakeholder investments and joint programming in key topics as part of national and
corporate R&D programmes. In the area of nuclear systems and safety, Euratom projects will
contribute to the pre-conceptual design and related pan-European activities insofar as this
effort remains exclusively focused on safety. In nuclear waste, Euratom will continue
supporting joint research activities on deep geological disposal to ensure the operation of the
first repositories in the EU by 2020-25. The work in both these areas is in line with SET-Plan
objectives. In the area of radiation protection, joint research activities will address the
concerns of European citizens on the possible long-term health effects of low radiation doses,
especially from the use of radiation in medical diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.
In fusion, the activities have two closely linked aims: First, the highest priority of the
programme is to advance the construction of ITER under a strict policy of cost containment
while maintaining risks at an acceptable level. The strategy for fusion R&D is to focus on the
key activities required to accompany the construction of ITER and prepare its exploitation.
Secondly, another main goal is to protect the European investment in ITER and make sure
that Europe, its research community and its industry, will reap the full benefit of the research
at ITER and will be able to successfully further develop fusion as an energy source.
Innovation is at the core of the fusion programme. Still in its infancy, the fusion energy sector
will mobilise many European high-tech industries which will gain new skills and