Research

The main objective of the IGD-TP is to initiate and carry out collaborative actions in Europe to facilitate the stepwise implementation of safe, deep geological disposal of spent fuel, high-level waste, and other long-lived radioactive waste by solving the remaining scientific, technological and social challenges, and thereby supporting Member State waste management programmes.  The IGD-TP intends to enhance confidence in the solutions and implementation of geological disposal, to reduce overlapping work, to produce savings in the total cost of Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D), and to make better use of existing competences and research infrastructures.

To this end, the IGD-TP developed its Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), which was consulted upon publicly in 2010 and published in 2011.  The SRA is dedicated to identifying the main RD&D issues that need a co-ordinated effort, particularly those for which enhanced co-operation within the IGD-TP is considered desirable and practically achievable.  Research areas and cross-cutting activities identified in the SRA are listed below.  An overview is provided for each research area along with the defined IGD-TP objectives and priority topic areas.  A brief summary of relevant activities and projects in each research area is provided, including work performed by IGD-TP members and by other parties.

Further detail on each research area is available in the SRA and the Deployment Plan.

Our Research Areas