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NIRAB showcasing the National Nuclear User Facility

Background to NNUF

In 2019, the UK Government awarded £80m to be managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to create new nuclear-related facilities mostly in universities, accessible by researchers from UK Higher Education Institutes and National Labs alike. This programme is called the National Nuclear User Facility, NNUF.

New laboratories and key experimental tools have been created in 30 locations to enable research on active materials covering the following areas:

  • Underpinning science
  • Nuclear Fuel
  • Advanced Modular Reactors
  • Life Extension
  • Materials Degradation
  • Fusion
  • Radioisotopes
  • Environmental
  • Small Modular Reactors
  • Robotics in harsh environments
  • Legacy disposal / waste
  • Irradiation of Materials

This programme includes £6.5m to support access to these active laboratories and instruments.

Showcasing the Benefits of NNUF

NIRO is delighted to have been asked by BEIS to produce a summary brochure, on behalf of NNUF participants, to showcase the impacts this programme has had so far.


For more Information, or to contribute a case study: please contact

More details on NNUF can be found at