What is the added value of SNETP?
SNETP is the only European wide association dedicated to collaborative nuclear research. All major European R&D organisations involved in nuclear are members of the association. Various events are organised and online tools are deployed to facilitate collaboration of the community on new projects proposals (e.g. SNETP Forum, SNETP Open Innovation Platform). Since its creation in 2007, SNETP has supported discussions on approximately 300 project ideas.
The specific “ETIP status” provides an important visibility to SNETP and its members, with privileged access to relevant high-level managers within EU institutions, international organisations, and member states.
SNETP and its members contribute to the shaping of European energy policies, by exchanging with peers on research priority topics, by producing reference documents (e.g. SRIA) on the state of R&D&I in Europe, by publishing position papers, etc.
The added value is supported by the association services
- Building strategic vision & roadmapping: enable members to express their R&D needs and priorities; identify research gaps, promote innovation initiatives, etc. SNETP develops a Strategic Research and Innovative Agenda (SRIA) to ensure that fission energy is generated in a way that meets the criteria for sustainable development and is compliant with safety requirements;
- Contributing to high-level techno–economic studies to monitor the advances of nuclear technologies development and EU needs, and the role of nuclear energy in the EU energy mix;
- Providing scientific and technical basis to establish high quality standards and harmonised best practices;
- Establishing active networking to address cross sectorial challenges and to promote partnership around innovative ideas:
- Facilitating synergies with other technology platforms;
- Interacting with international initiatives in the field of nuclear energy (i.e. SET Plan, GIF, OECD, IAEA, the Generation IV International Forum, etc.);
- Fostering other joint initiatives between researchers, industry, utilities, member states and the EU
- Ensuring enhanced coordination between national programmes while guaranteeing the most effective use of programme funding. The success depends on a strong, bottom-up stakeholder involvement supported through a transparent and inclusive approach to membership of the platform itself;
- Supporting the dissemination of results to targeted public (policymakers, research, industry, NGOs, etc.) to ensure a common European vision;
- Promoting a coordinated training and educational system for developing nuclear competence in Europe;
- Communication tools and infrastructures.