ENEA has a constant and successful presence in research programmes and other research-related programmes financed by the European Union.
In 2009 ENEA participated – in differing roles – in more than one hundred and twenty projects, receiving contributions of approximately 23 million Euros from the European Community to be distributed over as many years as each contract is expected to be in place.
ENEA has had a significant participation in the EU Research & Development Framework Programmes – the main financing tool for European research – by supporting highly innovative, multipartner and transnational projects.
ENEA has played an active role in calls for proposals for the EU Seventh Framework Programme (2007-2013), posting a higher success rate than Italian average and ranking high among the top Italian research institutes. Research activities relating to the projects funded within the FP7 programmes and the FP7 EURATOM are underway.
ENEA is also involved in a set of European initiatives designed to improve access and involvement of Italian SMEs in research activities financed by the EU within the framework of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). In particular, ENEA participates in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) FRIEND Europe for the Triveneto regions and in EEN B.R.I.D.G.€conomies for regions in southern Italy.
With regard to activities financed by non-FP programmes, ENEA has had a significant involvement in: EIE (Intelligent Energy Europe) – a programme promoting a rational energy use and energy renewable sources – which merged with the CIP (Competitiveness and innovation programme) in 2007; INTERREG III, a Community initiative financed under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with the aim of stimulating interregional cooperation in the EU; LIFE – a financial tool supporting the EU’s environmental policy.
The 120 ENEA-participated projects underway are partnered with 66 countries, for a total of over 1200 partners and approximately 1900 participations.
With reference to agreements with the EC, worthy of mention is the ENEA-EURATOM Association Agreement on nuclear fusion, characterised by its duration (in place since 1988) and the huge financial contribution accounting for approximately 4.5 million Euros in 2009.