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European Commission

Actinides play a central role in the nuclear energy generation systems.

In order to keep a leading position in the field of nuclear energy – both in terms of safety and efficient use of natural resources – Europe needs to reinforce its expertise and to prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers who will be able to contribute to develop actinide management strategies based on sound scientific bases.

However, because most actinides are radioactive, their study requires specific tools and facilities that are only available in a limited number of laboratories in Europe. It is therefore strategic to coordinate the existing Actinide infrastructures in Europe and to strengthen the community of European scientists working on actinides.

The establishment of a Network of Excellence – ACTINET – was a first step in this direction, achieved under the 6th Framework Programme (FP6).

As a second step, the objective of the present FP7-Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3) ACTINET-I3 is to reinforce the networking of existing European infrastructures in actinide sciences, and to facilitate their efficient use by the European scientific community.

In accordance with the guidelines of the EC funding scheme I3, the concept of the ACTINET-I3 is:

(i) to establish a network of actinide facilities across the EU to integrate and structure better the way these actinide infrastructures operate and to foster their joint development in terms of capacity and performance;

(ii) to support and manage jointly a programme of access to appropriate infrastructures for training and associated research projects making use of the proposed facilities;

(iii) to conduct on a limited scale a set of Joint Research Activities (JRA) involving consortium member organisations, with an objective to improve the performance of infrastructures by developing new relevant instrumentations and/or data of common interest. Further, these activities will be complemented by a virtual infrastructure providing a limited support in theory and modelling, with a focus on the complementarities between theory and experiments.