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The Radionuclide Metrology laboratories (RADMET) are equipped with a broad set of instruments used for nuclear decay measurements, determination of related nuclear data and radiological characterisation of samples and materials. The set-ups, many of them unique in their kind, are used to perform high accuracy measurements of a large number of radionuclides in diverse samples ranging from reference materials for environmental monitoring to solutions for primary standardisation of activity. RADMET is among the few laboratories world-wide to provide reference data to the international reference system (SIR) on the 100 most relevant radionuclides. In connection to the measurements the lab is well equipped for preparing sources dedicated for the specific measurements.
Priority topics of RADMET
- Primary standardisation of radioactivity (the most accurate type of measurements) independent of any other radioactivity standard.
- Radiological characterisation of materials and samples (determination of radionuclides and their activity)
- Decay data measurements that are essential for calibrations in routine laboratories, applications in nuclear medicine and many other scientific uses of radionuclides.
- Testing of radiological instruments and methods
- Measurements in support of important policy domains like radioactive waste management, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, metal scrap industry, NORM industry and early warning monitoring networks.
- Development and testing of procedures and instruments for nuclear security and detecting illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.
Definition and conditions of access
Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units. For RADMET, the Access Unit corresponds to a 'Measurement week' for experimental activities, e.g. to perform the necessary measurements to fulfil the objectives of the project.
For each approved experiment, RADMET will offer the best possible measurement conditions according to the specifications of the users and guaranteeing an optimal data output.
All users will be requested to complete and deliver safety and security-related documents to get access to the nuclear facilities at RADMED. 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 Instrument weeks allocated to the call: 52
- Average number of Instrument weeks per Project: 13
- Estimated costs excluding consumables and expenses:
- Research infrastructure operated by JRC staff: 0 € / Measurement week
- Research infrastructure operated by users: 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.
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 RADMET the Lead User must also fill in the EUFRAT (RADMET) Facility Specifications Form following the instructions at the end of the form when submitting the proposal.
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