Principal objectives and specific aims of SINE2020.

The European user community counts almost 10000 mainly academia-based users, which are supported by an ecosystem of about 10 world-class national facilities and the European facility, the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL). Europe leads neutron science and is investing almost 2B€ in the European Spallation Source (ESS), its construction, like Horizon 2020, spanning the period 2014-2020.

A new neutron project that will start in October 2015 and last for four years has recently been accepted for funding under the European Commission HORIZON 2020 framework. Like NMI3, the new project is a consortium of the main European facilities and academic partners conducting neutron research and is coordinated by the ILL. Thus, the SINE2020 kick-off meeting will indeed take place at the same time as the NMI3 final General Assembly.

SINE2020, world-class Science and Innovation with Neutrons in Europe in 2020, is therefore a project with two objectives:

  • preparing Europe for the unique opportunities at ESS in 2020 and
  • developing the innovation potential of neutron large scale facilities (LSF’s).


  • Instrumentation: e-tools & detectors
  • Data treatment & Software
  • Industry consultancy
  • Training & Outreach: e-learning, schools
  • Sample: chemical deuteration, crystal growth
  • Sample environment

Starts: October 2015

Numbers: Duration: 4 years; Budget: 12M EUR; Members: 18