National Nuclear User Facility

In March 2013, as part of its Nuclear Industrial Strategy, the UK Government announced the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) initiative. NNUF is a multi-site facility that gives academia and industry access to internationally leading experimental equipment for nuclear research on radioactive materials at levels greater than can be handled in university laboratories.

NNUF equipment is centred at the three complementary hubs of the National Nuclear Laboratory, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and the Dalton Cumbrian Facility (University of Manchester). To establish the NNUF, funding of £15M has been provided initially over three years from 2012/13, via the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This is part of the EPSRC investment in Advanced Materials – one of the declared ‘Eight Great Technologies’ in which the UK is, or can be, global leaders.

Research access at NNL is not restricted to NNUF equipment. Researchers with an interest in working on higher activity radioactive materials are invited to contact NNL to discuss opportunities for academic access to our wide range of active facilities and equipment.