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Fission Research

UK Research

The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (see 'External Link') has three major initiatives in nuclear fission research:

  • EPSRC Keeping the Nuclear Option Open Programme worth over £6 million. Further information is available here on the ESPRC website (see 'External Link' to Keeping the Nuclear Option Open page)
  • EPSRC has provided funding of ca £1 million to a "Nuclear Technology Education Consortium" (NTEC) to provide masters-level and continuing professional development training for the nuclear industries. For more information please see the NTEC website (under 'External Links)
  • An Engineering Doctorate Centre in Nuclear Engineering is being set up, with funding of £5 million available from EPSRC (see ESPRC: Trained People link under 'External Links').  Further information can be found on the Imperial College, London website (see 'External Links')

European Research

Participation in European Research is available under the Euratom Framework Programme. Framework Programme 6 (FP6) will end on 31 December 2006. More information about FP6 can be found on the DTI's FP6 website (see 'External Links').

The latest Framework Programme, FP7, begins on 1 January 2007. More details can be found on the DTI's FP7 website (see 'External Links').

Generation IV International Forum (GIF)

The Energy Review sets out a strategy for creating the right conditions for private sector investment in the future of low-carbon generation, including nuclear power, and this has made participation in GIF, with its long-term focus, less central to DTI objectives. GIF research is focused on the development of Generation IV advanced reactor systems for international deployment in 2030 and beyond. Any new nuclear power stations built by the private sector to replace retiring UK stations will use existing designs.

The UK remains part of GIF, but with a non-active status. It will be possible for UK research organisations to participate in GIF research via Euratom, which remains an active member of GIF.

For more information on the Generation IV International Forum, see their website (under 'External Links').