National Nuclear Laboratory

National Nuclear Laboratory

NNL launches first academic access call to support advanced nuclear fuels and recycle research

The National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) is currently welcoming proposals from university academics for access to a range of equipment at the Central Laboratory in Cumbria.

This is an exciting opportunity for academics to support advanced nuclear fuel and recycle research and contribute to the NNL-led, Government-funded Advanced Fuel Cycle Programme (AFCP).

The call is open from 10 July to 7 August 2020 for experiments to be performed during the period of September 2020 to March 2021. The available equipment offered in this first call, procured as part of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) and the Henry Royce Institute initiatives, is:

  • PFIB with ToF-SIMS
  • (S)TEM with EDS and EELS
  • X-ray CT
  • Fumehood/Glovebox Raman

NNL will cover facility and equipment costs, including supervising the experiments and equipment usage. The attached document provides full information, including funding details, selection criteria, project scheduling and more detailed descriptions of the equipment. This document also contains the proposal form, which should be completed and submitted to the NNL User Access Team ( via email by 23:59 on 7th August.

NNL will be hosting a briefing webinar on Wednesday, 22 July at 10am to share more about this opportunity and answer questions from interested academics. To register your interest, please email the NNL User Access Team (

Click here for full detail and how to apply