ESS ERIC is a consortium of European countries cooperating on the design and construction of one of Europe’s largest research infrastructure projects. The neutron source ESS, European priority project from the ESFRI Roadmap, part of the Roadmap of Large Infrastructures for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation of the Czech Republic, located in Lund – Sweden, will be a prominent part of the future landscape of European research infrastructures, providing experimental possibilities to researchers from academia as well as industry. Neutron scattering can be applied to a range of scientific questions, spanning the realms of physics, chemistry, geology, biology and medicine. Czech Republic has been participating in the ESS project since its early beginning.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) as a guarantee of the Czech membership in the ESS intends to contribute to the ESS construction budget up to 2%, mostly in the form of in–kind contributions. In such a way, the Czech scientific community will gain access to future capacity of broad portfolio of cutting-edge experimental facilities on the neutron beams at the ESS. Roughly half of this contribution will be realized in the form of design, construction and installation of the diffractometer BEER (Beamline for European material Engineering Research). The second half of the Czech contribution will be realized in the form of in–kind delivery of technological units related to the cooling of the neutron target system.
ESS – Scandinavia – CZ is supported from different public sources:
- Operational cost and the construction of BEER (Beamline for European material Engineering Research) instrument is supported in collaboration with partners from Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG). NPI will participate in its construction by 50% (MEYS project LM 2015047)
- A project for in - kind investment and own research was submitted under the call No. 02_16_013 for Research infrastructures, priority axis 1 Operational programme research, development and education, MEYS, project name “European Spallation Source - participation of the Czech Republic – OP” , Reg. No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/16_013/0001794. The project is supported by the European Structural and Investment Funds.
- Related international project: SINE2020 (H2020): Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe in 2020.
Phase of the large research infrastructure: construction phase