Guidance

Nuclear research after Brexit

How researchers working on civil nuclear fission and fusion will be affected if there's a no-deal Brexit.

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The UK is leaving the EU. This page tells you how to prepare for Brexit and will be updated if anything changes.

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The UK will leave the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) and will no longer be:

  • a member of the Euratom Research and Training programme
  • a member of Fusion for Energy
  • able to work through the EU on the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project

Euratom Research and Training programme

The government will guarantee funding for eligible successful bids for Euratom Research and Training programme that are submitted before the end of 2020. Find out more about the government guarantee.

You must register your project if you receive Euratom Research and Training programme funding. If you don’t register, your funding may stop.

Awards and consortiums

We will work with the European Commission to make sure you can continue to participate in awards where you’ve successfully bid directly to the European Commission on a competitive basis.

We are working with the European Commission to consider the implications for UK participants leading a consortium and are responsible for distributing funding to the other participants.

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER)

The UK will not be a member of Fusion for Energy after Brexit. You will not be able to bid for ITER contracts through Fusion for Energy.

Contracts signed before 30 March 2019 with ITER will continue until the contract end date for:

  • UK nationals employed by ITER
  • UK operators - like private companies, institutes and universities

Joint European Torus (JET)

The government will guarantee funding until the end of 2020 for UK participation in JET. JET operations will continue at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy until the end of 2020. Find out more about the government guarantee.

Published 13 August 2019