energy, nuclear energy, nuclear safety, nuclear waste management, research, energia
At the request of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, an international evaluation team conducted an external review of the SAFIR2022 and KYT2022 research programs. Furthermore, feedback on the proposed framework plan of SAFER2028, a new research program that combines the previous SAFIR and KYT programs, was requested.
The team found that, in general, the research programs produce a remarkable level of scientific output for a modest stream of funding. The primary, perceived value added by the research programs is that they provide a pipeline of new talent and expertise necessary for the successful regulation of nuclear power and waste management activities in Finland.
The research products had, generally, a high technical quality. In some instances, however, the research aimed towards well-established, or mature fields of study where the value added in terms of increased knowledge or improved safety might be considered marginal or incremental. However, the benefit of these activities vis-à-vis the educational benefit in training new experts in relevant fields could be seen. There are opportunities for key improvements in some of the novel elements of the SAFER2028 framework plan, in particular the doctoral education network.