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    Open Access to JRC Research Infrastructures

    Published on 20 July 2020
    Author: Sasha Hugentobler, National Contact Point JRC

    The Joint Research Centre (JRC) launches 11 calls for hosting open access projects. Are you a university, research organisation or small & medium size enterprise active in the field of nuclear research? Take this opportunity to access JRC state of the art nuclear facilities to carry out projects!

    Conditions and criteria for access

    • The Lead User Institution and User Institutions (see definitions in the Framework) must be from an EU Member State, country associated to the Euratom Research Programme (only Switzerland and Ukraine).
    • The Lead User Institution must be from a university, research or public institution, or from a Small-Medium-Enterprise (SME).
    • Ethical considerations in accordance with EU Law, in particular Art. 19 of Regulation (EU) 1291/2013, and applicable laws and regulations in the EU Member States.
    • The proposal submission form is complete and complies with the instructions.


    New: The JRC may provide a financial or in-kind contribution to support Users to cover their costs of travel and subsistence (T&S) related to the User stay days, subject to the availability of funds, personnel and other resources to Users from User Institutions located in an EU Member State or country associated to the Euratom Research Programme.

    Three state-of-the-art laboratories are located in Karlsruhe and are designed for research on actinide materials. Actinide elements are the backbone of nuclear technologies, such as energy, space exploration or medical treatments. Scientists will be able to conduct exploratory research to help develop new nuclear equipment or materials.

    The JRC will also make accessible four of its European facilities for nuclear reaction and decay data measurements in Geel. Such measurements help to make nuclear reactors and the handling of nuclear waste safer, and enhance radiological protection for citizens and the environment.

    In Petten, four research infrastructures provide hosting opportunities in laboratories for mechanical tests in ambient and corrosive environments from cryogenic to high temperatures at the macro and micro scales. Scientist have the opportunity to investigate materials performance, mechanical and corrosion properties and characterisation to make reactor infrastructures safer.

    Calls close on 30 September in Karlsruhe and 15 October 2020 in Geel and Petten.

    Detailed information on the Research Infrastructures and access