International Centres based on Research Reactors (ICERRs)

The IAEA designated International Centre based on Research Reactors (ICERRs) scheme is intended to help IAEA Member States gain timely access to relevant nuclear infrastructure based on research reactors (RRs) to achieve their capacity building and R&D objectives. ICERRs are organizations which make their RRs, ancillary facilities, and resources available to organizations and institutions of IAEA Member States through bilateral arrangements, facilitated by the IAEA.

Many IAEA Member States are adopting or expanding their peaceful application of nuclear technologies in pursuit of national objectives. Some are embarking on nuclear power, initiating nuclear science programmes or increasing their interest in the broader applications of nuclear technology. These Member States typically develop national competencies as well as a framework of R&D strategies and plans to effectively support the implementation of a nuclear programme.

The timely development of necessary capabilities and infrastructure often requires access to research reactor (RR) facilities. Delays or limited access to these facilities presents significant challenges to interested Member States. For interested parties, ICERRs provide an opportunity to access RR capabilities sooner and, possibly, at a lower cost. The ICERR scheme also enhances the utilization of existing RR and associated facilities, effectively contributing to the development and deployment of innovative nuclear technologies.

French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) – Research Centres of Saclay and Cadarache

The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas: nuclear and renewable energies, technological research for industry, defense and security, and fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

Russian Research Institute of Atomic Reactors State Scientific Centre (RIAR)

The Russian Research Institute of Atomic Reactors State Scientific Centre (RIAR) is the largest research institute in Russia. RIAR operates six nuclear research reactors, a large reactor materials testing complex, fuel cycle R&D facilities, radiochemical complex and radioactive waste management facilities.

Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN)

The Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) is one of the largest research institutions in Belgium. The research centre conducts research on nuclear energy, nuclear technologies and ionising radiation for civilian use.

United State Department of Energy - US DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL)

The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s complex of national laboratories. The laboratory performs work in each of the strategic goal areas of the Department of Energy: energy, national security, science and environment. INL is the USA’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development

United State Department of Energy - US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s complex of national laboratories. It is the largest science and energy laboratory, conducting basica and applied research.

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