How researchers working on civil nuclear fission and fusion will be affected from 1 January 2021.
The UK left the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) on 31 January 2020.
The UK has reached an agreement with the EU and Euratom to participate from 1 January 2021 in:
- the Euratom Research and Training (R&T) Programme
- Fusion for Energy
- the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project, as a Fusion for Energy member
This agreement is subject to ratification of the overall deal and finalisation of the EU’s budget and the Programme regulations.
Euratom Research and Training programme
Awards and consortiums
UK scientists, researchers and businesses will be able to participate in and bid for competitive awards from the Euratom R&T Programme.
UK participants will be able to lead consortia and distribute funding to other participants.
Fusion for Energy and ITER
The UK will remain a member of Fusion for Energy. UK companies can continue to bid for ITER contracts tendered by both Fusion for Energy and the ITER organisation.
UK researchers and staff can continue working at ITER from 1 January 2021.
Joint European Torus (JET)
The UK Atomic Energy Authority will continue to operate the Joint European Torus (JET) until at least October 2021. The UK government will continue to explore options for operation beyond that date.