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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA-Infra | Phase: INFRA-2011-1.1.20. | Award Amount: 12.58M | Year: 2012

The Project promotes the access to five European Research Infrastructures, and it is structured into nine Networking Activities, plus the Management of the Consortium, and fourteen Joint Research Activities. The Project will profit of the success of the previous HadronPhysics project in FP6 and the current HadronPhysics2 in FP7, and originates from the initiative of more than 2.500 European scientists working in the field of hadron physics. Hadron physics deals with the study of strongly interacting particles, the hadrons. Hadrons are composed of quarks and gluons. Their interaction is described by Quantum Chromo Dynamics, the theory of the strong force. Hadrons form more complex systems, in particular atomic. Under extreme conditions of pressure and temperature, hadrons may loose their identity and dissolve into a new state of matter similar to the primordial matter of the early Universe. The Networking Activities are related to the organization of experimental and theoretical collaborative work concerning both ongoing activities at present Research Infrastructures and planned experiments at future facilities. In hadron physics the close interaction between experimentalists and theoreticians is of paramount importance. The Joint Research Activities concentrate on technological innovations for present and future experiments. Applications in material science, medicine, information, technology, etc., represent natural fall-outs. The main objective of this Integrating Activity is to optimize the use and development of the Research Infrastructures existing in Europe working in the field of hadron physics. The Project aims as well at structuring, on European scale, the way Research Infrastructures operate, and at fostering their joint development in terms of capacity and performance. The approach used is the bottom up approach, to respond to the needs of the scientific community in all fields of science and technology.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: Fission-2011-6.0.2 | Award Amount: 1.03M | Year: 2011

NEWLANCER project proposes to identify and implement effective and efficient actual solutions leading to enlarged NMS involvement in future Euratom Framework Programmes by strengthening and catalyzing the full R&D potential at national level, by increasing cohesion between New Member States institutions, and by improving their cooperation with Old Member States research centres. The specific sub-objectives of the project are to promote: Analysis of skills and current participation of NMS in Euratom Projects aiming to review and assess NMS research capabilities and participation in Euratom R&D Programmes (key issues, gaps, good practices and barriers, challenges, etc. with increased attention to the risk, safety and environmental aspects) Network for advanced cohesion in NMS nuclear research aiming to create a multi-level regional network having as mission to enhance cohesion and interact with national and European levels in order to strengthen future participation in European research. Good Practices and Recommendations aiming to collect and analyze relevant cases on New and Old MS participation in Euratom Programmes and draw up good practices and recommendations addressed to a large end-users spectrum: scientists, research managers, national authorities, EC structures (SNE-TP, IGD-TP, EERA, ESNII) interested in better use of entire research potential. Visibility and Connectivity aiming to ensure broad visibility of NMS research potential in Europe, to promote actual activities shared between networking partners, to publicize the project outcomes, and to create links with European structures with a major role in the configuration of nuclear research programmes.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA-Infra | Phase: INFRA-2011-1.1.17. | Award Amount: 15.90M | Year: 2012

Advanced solutions to the challenges that confront our technology-based society from energy and environment to health are crucially dependent on advanced knowledge of material properties down to the atomic scale. Neutron and Muon spectroscopy offer unique analytical tools for material investigation. They are thus an indispensible building block of the European Research Area and directly address the objectives of the Innovation Union Flagship Initiative. The knowledge creation via neutron and muon spectroscopy relies on the performance of a closely interdependent eco-system comprising large-scale facilities and academic and industrial users. The Integrated Infrastructure Initiative for Neutron and Muon Spectroscopy (NMI3) aims at a pan-European integration of the main actors within this eco-system. The NMI3 coordination effort will render public investment more efficient by harmonizing and reinforcing the services provided to the user community. It will thus directly contribute to maintaining Europes world-leading position. NMI3 is a comprehensive consortium of 18 partners from 11 different countries that includes all major providers of neutrons and muons in Europe. NMI3 exploits all tools available within I3s to realize its objectives. - Transnational Open Access will build further capacity for European users. It will foster mobility and improve the overall creation of scientific knowledge by providing the best researchers with the opportunity to use the most adapted infrastructures. - Joint Research activities will create synergies in innovative instrument development that will feed directly into improved and more efficient provision of services to the users. - Networking activities will reinforce integration by harmonizing procedures, setting standards and disseminating knowledge. Particular attention is given to train young people via the European Neutron and Muon School as well as through an e-learning platform.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: Fission-2011-1.1.1 | Award Amount: 4.74M | Year: 2012

The EURATOM FP7 Collaborative Project Fast / Instant Release of Safety Relevant Radionuclides from Spent Nuclear Fuel (CP FIRST-Nuclides) is established with the overall objective to provide for improved understanding of the fast / instantly released radionuclides from disposed high burn-up UO2 spent nuclear fuel. This issue is given a high priority in the SRA of the IGD-TP. The outcome of the project is relevant for all types of host rocks in Europe. European experimental facilities with specialised equipment for work with highly radioactive materials collaborate for improving the knowledge relevant for the period after loss of the disposed canister integrity. The project provides for experiments combined with modelling studies on integration of the different results as well as for up-scaling from experimental conditions to entire LWR fuel rods. Spent fuel materials are selected and characterized that have known initial enrichment, burn-up and irradiation histories. Experiments and modelling studies access the correlation between the fast release of fission gases and non-gaseous fission products. They also cover the chemical speciation of relevant fission/activation products and the retention of radionuclides in the rim and grain boundaries of the fuel. Complementary, existing data from previous investigations are evaluated. The 3 years project is implemented by a consortium with 10 Beneficiaries consisting of large Research Institutions and SMEs from 7 EURATOM Signatory States, and the EC Institute for Transuranium Elements. National Waste Management Organizations contribute to the project by participation in the End-User Group, by co-funding to Beneficiaries, and provide for knowledge and information.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: Fission-2011-2.3.1 | Award Amount: 1.29M | Year: 2012

The European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative was launched in November 2010 to anticipate the development a fleet of fast reactors with closed cycle. Three fast neutron technologies have been selected: the Sodium cooled Fast Reactor with the ASTRID prototype the Lead cooled Fast Reactor with the ALFRED demonstrator which will be preceded by a pilot plan MYRRHA the Gas cooled Fast Reactor with the ALLEGRO demonstrator With the objective of future assessment of these advanced reactor concepts, the SARGEN_IV Project is intended to gather safety experts from recognized European Technical Safety Organizations from Designers and Vendors as well as from Research Institutes and Universities to: - develop and provide a tentative commonly agreed methodology for the safety assessment, - identify open issues in the safety area, mainly addressing and focussing on assessment relevant ones, - detect and underline new fields for R&D in the safety area - provide a roadmap and preliminary deployment plan for safety-related R&D, including cost estimation. Firstly, the proposed methodology requires the identification and the ranking of the main safety issues related to these reactors which needs a strong collaboration with other European projects as CP-ESFR, GoFastR, LEADER and CDT.. Secondly, a review of the safety methodologies proposed by international organizations and those issued from national practices and European consortia in order to define the tentative commonly agreed methodology which will be therefore applied to specific safety issues relevant for the selected reactors. The project beneficiaries are convinced that fostering to harmonization of the various European safety approaches will be very beneficial and will streamlining EURATOM contribution to Generation IV International Forum in the safety field. It will also improve relations between safety assessment and research programmes efficiency in the development of new concepts.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: Fission-2009-2.2.1 | Award Amount: 5.43M | Year: 2010

Fast reactors have the unique ability to be sustainable by, not only being able to generate their own fuel, but through being able to burn minor actinides to reduce the quantity and radiotoxicity of nuclear wastes. The latter ability enables fast reactors to not only burn the minor actinides produced by themselves but, in addition, the minor actinides arising from legacy wastes and thermal reactors in the nuclear park. This proposal concentrates on the gas-cooled fast reactor (GFR) with a view to developing the GFR as a more sustainable version of the very high temperature reactor (VHTR). The design goals for GFR are ambitious, aiming, initially, for a core outlet temperature of around 850 deg.C, a compact core with a power density of about 100MWth/m3, a low enough plutonium inventory to allow wide deployment, a self-sustaining core in terms of plutonium consumption, and a proliferation resistant core by not using specific plutonium breeding elements. This project will contribute Euratoms contribution to the Generation IV system research programme. As such, it is strongly aligned with the goals and structure of the latter. In addition this project fulfills an objective of thestrategic research agenda of the European Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology platform, for GFR to be developed as one of the longer-term alternatives to the sodium cooled fast reactor. The work of this project is aligned with the viability phase of the Generation IV GFR system which concludes at the end of 2012. As such this is a three year project and its objective is to contribute to the demonstration of the viability of the GFR system with regard to deployment as a commercial sustainable nuclear energy system. As well as contributing to Generation IV GFR research, this project provides the Euratom representation on the GFR System Steering Committee and the two project management boards (PMBs), namely, the Conceptual Design and Safety PMB and the Fuel and Core Materials PMB


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-CSA-Infra | Phase: INFRA-2010-1.1.33 | Award Amount: 26.09M | Year: 2011

AIDA (http://cern.ch/aida) addresses the upgrade, improvement and integration of key research infrastructures in Europe, developing advanced detector technologies for future particle accelerators, as well as transnational access to facilities that provide these research infrastructures. In line with the European Strategy for Particle Physics, AIDA targets the infrastructures needed for R&D, prototyping and qualification of detector systems for the major particle physics experiments currently being planned at future accelerators. By focusing on common development and use of such infrastructure, the project integrates the entire detector development community, encouraging cross-fertilization of ideas and results, and providing a coherent framework for the main technical developments of detector R&D. This project includes a large consortium of 37 beneficiaries, covering much of the detector R&D for particle physics in Europe. This collaboration allows Europe to remain at the forefront of particle physics research and take advantage of the world-class infrastructures existing in Europe for the advancement of research into detectors for future accelerator facilities. The infrastructures covered by the AIDA project are key facilities required for an efficient development of future particle physics experiments, such as: test beam infrastructures (at CERN, DESY and LNF), specialised equipment, irradiation facilities (in several European countries), common software tools, common microelectronics and system integration tools and establishment of technology development roadmaps with a wide range of industrial partners.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: Fission-2011-5.1.1 | Award Amount: 2.24M | Year: 2011

The essence of the project is to provide a special purpose structure for training and qualification of personnel for serving VVER technology as one of nuclear power options used in EU. Such approach should allow unifying existing VVER related training schemes according to IAEA standards and commonly accepted criteria recognized in EU. The structure is based on three general pillars: 1) Training schemes for VVER nuclear professionals; for non-nuclear specialists and subcontractors, involved in nuclear sector; and for students; 2) VVER related knowledge management system, which will accumulate information regarding design data, operational experience, training materials, etc.; and 3) Specialized regional training center for supporting VVER customers with theoretical and practical training sessions, training materials and general and special assignment training tools and facilities. The wider objective of the project is to implement the Council Conclusions of 1 - 2 December 2008 related to skills in the nuclear field: new skills and competences are needed in the context of the Nuclear Renaissance and to fulfill obligations under Article 7 of the COUNCIL DIRECTIVE (EURATOM) establishing a Community; framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations. The specific objectives of the project are: - enhancing safety and performance of nuclear installations with VVER technology through specialized initial and continuous training of personnel involved; - keeping the adequate level of safety culture; - contributing to the development of Knowledge Management System for VVER technology; - preserving and further developing nuclear competencies, skills and knowledge related to VVER technology, as a technology used in the EU.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: Fission-2010-7.0.3 | Award Amount: 2.83M | Year: 2011

The SCWR-FQT project is related to the HPLWR Phase 2 European project, executed between 2006 and 2010, focused on the design of the European supercritical water cooled reactor, HPLWR. The scope of the SCWR-FQT Euratom-China parallel project is to design an experimental facility for qualification of fuel for the supercritical water-cooled reactor. The facility is destined to be operated in the LVR-15 research reactor in Czech Republic in the future. All necessary documents required for licensing of the FQT facility by the Czech regulator shall be the outcome of this project. Pre-qualification of the FQT facility will be carried out in China. Testing of a limited amount of commercially available nuclear grade materials, which are candidates for fuel cladding, will be carried out within this project as well. The European-Chinese team behind this project has been formed during a meeting held in Rez, Czech Republic, in October 2009; the wider EU-China scientific collaboration, together with its legal aspects, has been discussed during the seminar held in Beijing in March, 2010.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: Fission-2010-2.3.3 | Award Amount: 12.18M | Year: 2011

The 2010-2012 implementation plan of the European Sustainable Nuclear Industrial Initiative (ESNII), in the frame of the Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform (SNE TP), establishes a very tight time schedule for the start of construction of the European Gen IV prototypes; namely the construction of the LFR ETPP (European Technology Pilot Plant) Myrrha will start in 2014 and that of the SFR Prototype ASTRID will start in 2017. The GEN IV reactors pose new challenges to the designers and scientists in terms of higher operating temperature and higher irradiation damage of materials with respect to the present technologies. In this frame, the MATTER (MATerials TEsting and Rules) Project intends to start well targeted researches to perform careful studies of materials behaviors in GEN IV operational conditions and to find out criteria for the correct use of these materials in relevant reactor applications. Aim of the present Project is to complement the materials researches, in the frame of the EERA guidelines, with the implementation of pre-normative rules. The Project comprehends: - Mature materials research focused on testing procedures for the new reactors conditions - Supporting experiments of mature materials aimed to liquid metals characterization and to pre-normative qualification, - Pre-normative activities, comprehensive of experiments, to revise and update the design rules, - Preparation and starting of the EERA Joint Program by harmonization of the structure and finalization of the preliminary program in accordance with the deployment strategy of the SNETP. A relevant advantage of this approach consists in the possibility to achieve a correct aiming for the expensive materials testing operations. Other advantages are the comparability of the experimental data, being produced by consensual procedures, and the immediate availability of the experimental results (at least for some properties) in view of their pre-normative deployment.

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