Euratom increases support for scientists and researchers from Ukraine
June 27, 2022

Euratom increases support for scientists and researchers from Ukraine

On 24 June, the European Commission adopted the amendment of the Euratom Research and Training Work Programme 2021–2022. It now includes two new actions in support of Ukraine-based researchers and researchers displaced by the war.  

First of all, additional funding of €2.5 million will be available for the EUROfusion consortium to provide specific support to Ukraine’s fusion scientists and engineers, as well as to purchase equipment and hardware. 

Secondly, a new Innovation Action (IA), worth €10 million in EU contribution, will be launched to improve the security of the nuclear fuel supply for 35 Russian-designed water-water energetic reactors, so-called VVER.

Most water-water energetic reactors (VVER), currently operating in the EU and Ukraine, were designed in the seventies, and during the last decade, the security of the fuel supply has become an important issue for the European economy. Until now, these reactors are mostly using Russian nuclear fuel, and following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the security of the nuclear fuel supply needs to be urgently addressed. The new Innovation Action is expected to attract all relevant EU and Ukrainian players, such as nuclear utilities, regulators, industry and the academic sector with the aim to diversify nuclear fuel supply in Europe. The call for proposals for the Innovation Action will be published shortly on the Funding and Tenders Portal.

The Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025) is a nuclear research and training programme with an emphasis on the continuous improvement of nuclear safety, security and radiation protection.

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