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Nuclear Safety Cooperation

Support to establishing Connect: connecting networks for enhanced communication & training in radioactive waste management, decommissioning and environmental remediation

  • Closed
All Countries
Benefitting Zone
€ 478,000.00
EU Contribution
Contracted in 2011
Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation


Type of activity




Contracting authority

European Commission

Method of Procurement

(FR2007) Restricted Call for Tender - External Actions


18/12/2011 - 17/02/2014



Project / Budget year

INSC 2010 part II - Multicountries (two action fiches) / 2010


The CONNECT platform hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) involved the realization of a next-generation, internet-based, professional networking system to facilitate and encourage enhanced collaboration and exchange of knowledge and experience on nuclear technology and safety throughout the world.

The project was aimed to enhance the capabilities of the platform in order to engage stakeholders in the area of radioactive waste management and related disciplines: waste management organisations, regulators, decommissioning organisations, utilities, research institutions, etc. in the IAEA Member States and INSC partner countries, the IAEA, and other relevant international organizations.


The scope of this project covered the enhancement and further development of the CONNECT platform from the basic SharePoint pilot platform provided by Sandia National Laboratories to the IAEA, incorporating an eLearning Management System and a video management system.

The project also included the development of an electronic library of eLearning materials, associated documentation, as well as training of IAEA staff and other experts from Member States.


The Contractor, working closely with the Beneficiary, achieved the goals of the project over a 26-month period. A 2-month extension to the original period was necessary owing to complications with the configuration of SharePoint on the IAEA's information infrastructure. Additional time was also required to complete the eLearning materials to the satisfaction of the Beneficiary.

The CONNECT platform was upgraded to include a Learning Management System containing all of the features required by the contract. Training and interactive eLearning material were developed covering the areas of disposal, safety case development, and national strategic planning. The training materials were produced by internationally recognized experts in the fields of nuclear safety, radioactive waste management, geological and near surface disposal and disused sealed radioactive source management.

In addition, specific training on the new features was provided to the IAEA core CONNECT management staff, and to 35 Member State participants representing their respective radioactive waste management organizations.

The Contractor would support the Beneficiary in the long-term maintenance of CONNECT through the 2-year warranty period.
The CONNECT platform is available here: