EURATOM complements the Horizon 2020 Framework Program for Research and Innovation. This program supports innovation and the competitiveness of industry. It creates a framework for research and innovation in the field of nuclear energy, prevents duplication of activities and ensure optimal use of public funds. EURATOM's research and innovation activities are only for civilian use. The program makes research activities and training with an emphasis on continuous improvement of nuclear safety and radiation protect and, above all, to contribute safely and effectively to long-term decarbonisation of the energy system.
The program is implemented through direct and indirect actions.
Increasing the excellence of the scientific base for nuclear standardization
Support for knowledge management, education and training
Supporting EU policy in the field of nuclear safety and security
Supported activities under this program are: demonstration, innovation, commercialization, business, interships and training, development, basic research, applied research, communication, mobility, European joint programs, international cooperation.
The total EURATOM allocation is € 1,603 billion (€ 728,232 million for nuclear fusion research and development, €315,535 million for nuclear fission, safety and radiation protection and € 559,562 million for direct JRC actions).
Funding rates are: for research and innovation actions is the core rate set at up to 100% of total costs, for close-to-market projects up to 70% (for non-profit organizations, even in this case 100%) and 100% for coordinated and supportive actions. Compensation of indirect costs is 25% of direct costs.
Non-profit entities may request additional remuneration within their costs (up to a maximum of € 8000 a year per person).
Special attention is paid to adequate participation of small and medium size businesses, the private sector and innovation impact on businesses.
Indirect actions include two major areas:
Supporting the safety of nuclear systems
Develop safer long-term solutions for spent nuclear waste management, including ecological storage
Develop expertise to ensure the availability of qualified researchers, engineers and other staff in the nuclear sector.
Radiation protection and medical use of radiation, including safe and secure deliveries and use of radioisotopes
Emergency management in connection with radiation accidents
Radioecology: a pan-European scientific and technological base for a stable, impartial and socially acceptable system of protection
Demonstration of fusion feasibility as a source of energy through the use of existing and future fusion facilities
Joint research activities carried out by members of the European Fusion Development Agreement in order to ensure the rapid start of operation of the ITER project
Using relevant devices and integrated modeling
Educational activities for the preparation of a new generation of researchers and engineers
Progression of materials, technology and conceptual design of future power plants, based on nuclear fusion