Euratom is a research programme for nuclear research and training, which aims to pursue nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, notably to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way.
By contributing to these objectives, the Euratom Programme will reinforce outcomes under the three priorities of Horizon 2020: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges.
The indirect actions of the Euratom Programme focus on two areas: nuclear fission and radiation protection and fusion research aiming at developing magnetic confinement fusion as an energy source.
To achieve these objectives, the nuclear research activities are supported by simpler legislation, thereby facilitating access to funding for companies, universities, research institutes in all EU Member States and beyond. In line with the Euratom Treaty, the Programme run for five years, from 2014 to 2018.
In 2018 the Council adopted regulation extending the Euratom Programme for 2019-2020.