U.S. – Russia Research and Development

Joint Press Statement of the Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy
and the U.S. Department of Energy on the Signing of the
Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United States on Cooperation in Nuclear- and Energy-Related Scientific Research and Development

On September 16, 2013, Director General of the Rosatom State Corporation for Atomic Energy Sergey Kirienko and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, on behalf of the Governments of both countries, signed the Agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United States on Cooperation in Nuclear- and Energy-Related Scientific Research and Development (R&D Agreement).

This Agreement is aimed at facilitating aspects of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Russian Federation for Cooperation in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy that entered into force on January 11, 2011, and established a general framework of cooperation between the two countries in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The R&D Agreement had its origins in June 2011, when the parties signed a Joint Statement, in which they spoke in favor of creating a strong foundation for cooperation in nuclear- and energy-related research and development.

The R&D Agreement signed today opens a wide range of opportunities to establish contacts between the laboratories and research institutes of Russia and the United States to carry out basic and applied research, focusing on prospective technologies. The Agreement also regulates access to research sites in accordance with established procedures.

The R&D Agreement includes numerous areas of cooperation, opening opportunities for long-term interaction in civil nuclear energy, nuclear power plant design, new types of reactor fuel, nuclear science, nuclear and radiological technologies in medicine and industry, and radioactive waste processing. Special attention, as always, will be devoted to nonproliferation of nuclear weapons, and nuclear and radiological safety.

The R&D Agreement includes an Annex with provisions related to the allocation and protection of rights to intellectual property. Upon entry into force of the R&D agreement, the Parties will immediately proceed to the implementation of the Agreement within the framework of the Joint Working Group on Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Safety of the U.S- Russian Presidential Commission.