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European collaborations

The ILL has firmly established itself as a pioneer in neutron science and technology. Neutron beams are used to carry out frontier research in diverse fields.

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European collaborations

ILL is currently involved in several European collaboration projects


SINE2020 (world-class Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe in 2020) aims to prepare Europe for the unique opportunities at the European Spallation Source by 2020, and to develop the innovation potential of neutron large-scale research facilities.


Start date: 01/10/15

End date: 31/09/2019


Coordinator: ILL

18 partners


BrightnESS (Building partnerships and promoting synergies for the highest scientific impact on ESS) aims to ensure that the extensive knowledge and skills of European companies and institutes are deployed in the form of In-Kind Contributions to ESS for its construction and operation; that technology transfer both to, and from, the ESS to European institutions and companies is optimized; and that the maximum technical performance is obtained from the ESS target, moderators and detectors in order to deliver world class science and insights for materials technology and innovation..


Start date: 01/09/2015

End date: 31/08/2018


Coordinator: ESS – European Spallation Source (SE)

18 partners



CREMLIN (Connecting Russian and European Measures for Large-scale Research Infrastructures) aims to foster scientific cooperation between the Russian Federation and the European Union in the development and scientific exploitation of large-scale research infrastructures.


Start date: 01/09/15

End date: 31/08/2018


Coordinator: DESY - Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE)

19 partners



HERACLES consortium: the joint international efforts of the HERACLES consortium to reduce the risk of proliferation by minimising the use of highly enriched uranium. 

Start date: 01/06/2015

End date: 31/05/2019

Coordinator: TUM – Technische Universität München (DE), with 5  partners.



•    RISCAPE : “European Research Infrastructures in the International Landscape” will provide systematic, focused, high quality, comprehensive, consistent and peer-reviewed international landscape analysis report on the position and complementarities of the major European research infrastructures in the international research infrastructure landscape.

Start date: 01/01/2017

End date: 31/12/2019

Coordinator: University Helsinki, 11  partners.



•    FILL2030: “The Future of ILL 2030” will adapt the ILL business model to fit the changing landscape of neutron research, in order to secure full operational capacity of ILL to meet the demand from its users, until at least 2030.

Start date: 01/01/2017

End date: 31/12/2020

Mono-beneficiary project



•   NanoMed  “Nanoporous and Nanostructured Materials for Medical Applications” is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action to stimulate inter-sectoral and international collaboration within Europe and with an ICPC country (Kazakhstan) in the area of novel nano-porous and nano-structured adsorbents for the treatment of very serious health conditions associated with acute and chronic exposure to external radiation and uptake of heavy metals.

Start date: 01/01/2017

End date: 31/12/2020

Coordinator: University of Alicante

13 partners



The Neutron Scattering and Muon Spectroscopy Integrating Infrastructure Initiative

Capacities – Research     infrastructures     (FP6 & FP7)                                                





• Consortium of all Neutron and Muon Facilities in Europe and academic partners: 18 beneficiaries, including 8 Research Infrastructures

• Budget: 13.35 M€ (current project)

• 7M€ for transnational access (for foreign users to national facilities)

• 4M € for Joint research & development

• 2M € for networking between facilities ( harmonization of practise, training, outreach ...)


See Mark Johnson's interview on the impact of NMI3 (nov 2015)