Nuclear safety research increases Finnish expertise
In Finland, nuclear energy research is conducted by research institutes, universities and power companies utilising nuclear energy. Research on nuclear safety can be roughly divided into nuclear safety research concerning power plants and research on nuclear waste management.
Two research programmes were launched in 2015: the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Power Plant Safety (SAFIR2018) and the Finnish Research Programme on Nuclear Waste Management (KYT2018). Both research programmes run until the end of 2018. Besides producing scientific and technical results, the programmes aim to maintain and develop Finnish expertise in the field.
The programmes continue the work of the SAFIR2014 and KYT2014 research programmes. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment is responsible for the application procedure.
Finnish operators participate in the international nuclear safety research. Collaboration takes place within the following programmes and organisations: the EU’s sixth and seventh framework programme for research (both fission and fusion research), the Nordic Nuclear Safety Research programme (NKS), the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).