Supporting training, education and research

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One core function of EUROfusion, which supports and funds the European research activities, is to coordinate the training and education activities for European fusion research. This is done by supporting education and training programmes directly, as well as through various calls for proposals.

Training

The EUROfusion Engineering Grants (EEG) provide funding for around 15 engineers/year for a period of three years, in programmes that must address a high priority area as defined in the call. The EUROfusion “Bernard Bigot” Researcher Grants (ERG) support yearly about 10 post-doctoral researchers or equivalent for up to two years. For the ERG, the proposed research project must have a scientific or technical topic relevant to the objectives of the European fusion programme. The core criterion for awarding the grant is the excellence of the candidate and the research proposal.

Education

EUROfusion is directly supporting fusion-related PhD and pre-doctoral studies of students from member states. In certain cases, master students working on theses related to fusion may be offered support to participate in schools and conferences. EUROfusion is additionally supporting the European MSc education programme via the Fusion Education Network FuseNet.

Enabling Research

EUROfusion identifies projects as key in the pursuit of new science and technology and supports them through the Enabling Research (ENR) scheme. EUROfusion’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee acknowledges that many of these projects fill critical gaps in the EUROfusion programme. The aim is to increase the exchange of ideas from other fields. The ENR programme is ideally suited for blue skies research projects that are high risk, high gain. The selection of the most excellent proposals is done by Scientific Boards after a call.