The National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) project is a Government investment in the UK’s nuclear future, providing state-of-the-art experimental facilities for research and development in nuclear science and technology. NNUF was established to support the Government Nuclear Industrial Strategy launched in March 2013, and had substantial additional funding awarded in 2019. There are currently 30 facilities housed in 12 universities, the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory and Diamond Light Source, most of them available for external access to undertake work on nuclear materials.
As an exciting new development, the UK Government awarded in 2019 a further £80m to enhance national facilities for the study of radioactive materials; this is known as Phase 2 of the National Nuclear User Facility project, NNUF(2).
NNUF(2) will run until March 2024, and supports 30 individual projects in UK universities and national laboratories, including a neutron source at Birmingham University, investment in facilities for nuclear robotics at Bristol, Manchester and UKAEA, and a new active Atom Probe Tomography facility in Oxford.
Information about the impact of NNUF can be viewed on the impact page of this website. According to Scopus, there are currently 165 publications acknowledging support from NNUF (which have been cited 1,005 times).
The £80m award also included £7.5m to allow any UK-based university researchers (or employee of other organizations eligible to apply for UKRI funding) to apply to use these new facilities as they came online.


Management Group

The role of the NNUF Management Group, in conjunction with EPSRC, is to ensure the aims and benefits of the NNUF project are fully realised. This includes supporting and advising NNUF(2) facilities whilst equipment is being purchased and installed; managing the NNUF funded user access scheme; and reporting regularly to EPSRC/BEIS on facility development and usage.