The ReNuAL Project
The budget for ReNuAL is €31 million. One-third of the budget (€10.4 million) is to come from the IAEA's regular budget, and two-thirds (€20.6 million) from extrabudgetary resources.
The IAEA's Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (NA) has eight laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria that deliver technical assistance to Member States in the areas of food and agriculture, human health, the environment and the development and use of advanced scientific instruments. The laboratories do this by providing training, by conducting research and development to transfer new and adapted technologies and scientific techniques to Member States, and by providing analytical services to Member State laboratories. The NA laboratories are worldwide service providers that assist more than 150 of the IAEA's Member States.
These laboratories were built in 1962, and since then, the number of IAEA Member States has more than doubled. As the number of Member States has grown, so have the requests for assistance from the NA laboratories. In addition, Member States' needs are evolving as new challenges such as climate change, the global cancer epidemic, and emergency preparedness and response related to nuclear incidents emerge and call for new technologies and techniques.
The laboratories, however, have not received a comprehensive renovation or thorough upgrading of equipment since their inauguration over 50 years ago, and as a result, with each passing year they increasingly struggle to respond to the needs of Member States. Recognizing this, the IAEA has established the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories project (ReNuAL), which seeks to begin the modernization of the NA laboratories through the following project elements: