Europe Focuses Fusion Research on Building a Working Power Reactor

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Science  10 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6167, pp. 127
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6167.127

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As the new year dawned, nuclear fusion researchers in the European Union woke to a new funding system aimed at sharpening their focus on generating energy. Gone are the annual block grants to national fusion laboratories; now, teams must compete to participate in "work packages" supporting the international ITER reactor in France and preparing for a prototype power reactor before the middle of the century. The change is the handiwork of the European Union's nuclear research arm, Euratom, which funds both ITER construction and related fusion research in labs across the continent.