Investing in the future

Education and training for the next generation of fusion experts

As increasing expectation and anticipation surrounds fusion research, there is growing scientific consensus that fusion is well-poised to be the future source of unlimited and clean energy. In a world facing growing energy demands and fast-depleting fuel resources, realising the potential of fusion might be the solution to the impending global energy crisis.

A vital step to fully participate in a world where fusion will be realised is to invest in the training and education of fusion experts. And, one core function of EUROfusion, which manages and funds the European research activities, is to co-ordinate the training and education activities for European fusion research. Working within European Commission’s framework for research and innovation, EUROfusion supports PhD and pre-doctoral candidates working on fusion research and has established research and engineering grants to fund the training of approximately 30 engineers and scientists every year.

A quick glance at the EUROfusion funding allocation for Education and Training

Approximately 13.5% of the EUROfusion budget was allocated to Education & Training activities in 2015-2016. In actual numbers it was 15.9M€, Education and 7.1M€, Training. Source: EUROfusion

Approximately 13.5% of the EUROfusion budget was allocated to Education & Training activities in 2015-2016. In actual numbers it was 15.9M€, Education and 7.1M€, Training. Source: EUROfusion

Education

The EUROfusion General Assembly, the highest decisive body in the consortium, allocates a budget to support 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.

Training

Two types of grants are offered under the scheme EUROfusion Researcher Grants which supports about ten post-doctoral researchers or equivalent for up to two years and EUROfusion Engineering Grants which provide funding for around 20 engineers for a period of three years.

EUROfusion Researcher Grants

Every year EUROfusion sends out a call for proposals. The proposals must be supported and sent by the respective members of the EUROfusion General Assembly.

The proposed research project must be a scientific or technical topic relevant to the objectives of the European Fusion Programme. The core criterion for awarding the grant is the qualification of the candidate and the merit of his/her proposal.

EUROfusion Engineering Grants

This grant provides funding for approximately 20 engineers or technicians each year for a period of three years. The programmes must address one or more of the high priority areas, which are defined by the EUROfusion Programme Manager in agreement with partner organisations such as Fusion for Energy, the European Domestic Agency for ITER.

The action is directed at engineers of all nationalities, who are in the early years of their careers.