Fusion energy research aims to develop the knowledge base for ITER (International Collaboration for a New Source of Energy ) and its implementation, as a major step towards the creation of safe, sustainable, environmentally responsible, and economically viable prototype reactors, including:
- Realisation of ITER - site preparation, management, technical and administrative support, construction of equipment and installations and support to the project during construction.
- R&D; in preparation of ITER operation - physics and technology research to exploit the facilities and resources in the fusion programme, including JET (Joint European Torus); assessing specific key technologies, consolidating ITER project choices, and preparing for operation.
- Technology activities in preparation of DEMO - a 'demonstration' fusion power station.
- R&D; activities for the longer term - further development of improved concepts for magnetic confinement schemes, theory and modeling for understanding of the behavior of fusion plasmas and coordination of Member States' research on inertial confinement.
- Human resources, education and training in view of the immediate and medium term needs of ITER, and for the further development of fusion.
- Infrastructures - construction of the international fusion energy research project ITER will be an element of the new research infrastructures with a strong European dimension.
- Technology transfer process.