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MONNET is a high-intensity quasi mono-energetic fast neutron source, driven by a vertical 3.5 MV Tandem accelerator producing either continuous or pulsed beams of protons, deuterons or helium ions. Quasi mono-energetic neutrons are generated in the energy region 0 - 24 MeV by using lithium, deuterium or tritium targets. MONNET may also be used as a photon source or for studies requiring proton, deuteron or alpha beams without the emphasis on neutron production, provided that there is added value for the JRC to do so.
Priority topics of MONNET
- Neutron cross-section measurements for safety assessments of present-day and innovative nuclear energy systems.
- Measurements of nuclear data standards.
- Investigations for a better understanding of the nuclear fission process.
- Materials research and radiation-induced damage studies.
- Advanced methods in nuclear technologies, safety and security.
- Exploratory research for the development of new scientific concepts or testing of new equipment.
- Basic physics.
Definition and conditions of access
Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units. For MONNET, the Access Unit corresponds to a 'Measurement week' made available for the experimental activities. MONNET operates on a 24h/7 days per week basis. An Access Unit is about 120 hours of beam time and includes the time to build up and to dismantle the experimental set-up (if needed). Depending on the proposed experiment users can use their own equipment, JRC in-house equipment or a combination of both. This has to be indicated in the proposal and should be coordinated already a few weeks before the scheduled beam time. Preferentially, the users must collaborate closely with an in-house staff scientist (a local scientific contact) who is familiar with the facility and the in-house equipment.
All users will be requested to complete and deliver safety and security-related documents to get access to the nuclear facilities at MONNET. Approval of access is subject to the rules of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre and the Belgian authorities. Submission of documents should therefore be started in time to allow completion of the approval procedure well before the start of the experiment.
- Estimated total number of Measurement weeks allocated to the call: 8
- Average number of Measurement weeks per Project: 2
- Estimated costs excluding consumables and expenses:
- Research infrastructure operated by JRC staff: 0 € / Measurement week
- Research infrastructure operated by users: Not possible
Allocation of intellectual property rights:
The JRC and the entitled party (person or organisation that has been granted access) become co-owners in equal shares of all raw data, treated data and documentation data developed with respect to the access;
- The Lead User Institution and User Institutions ( see definitions in the Framework) must be from an EU Member State or country associated to the Euratom Research Programme (Switzerland and Ukraine as of July 2019).
- 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.
Any proposal will be scrutinised in accordance with weighted selection criteria such as:
- Scientific implementation
- Access to SMEs and new Users
- Strategic relevance to the JRC
- Strategic importance for Europe
The proposal must be prepared by using the template given in Annex 3.1 of the Framework.
If the proposal includes a request to prepare a target at JRC, the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT Target preparation request and follow the instructions at the end of the form when submitting the proposal.
During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:
- Read the "Framework of Access to Joint Research Centre physical Research Infrastructures" and its annexes.
- Contact the research infrastructure at JRC-OPEN-EUFRAT@ec.europa.eu to assess feasibility aspects related to the capacity of the research infrastructure.
For MONNET the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT (MONNET) Facility Specifications Form following the instructions at the end of the form when submitting the proposal.
For MONNET, the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT Target preparation request.
The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.
Communication of the assessment of proposals:2020-01-06 00:00:00