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New Fusion Industry Programme Challenge

Fusion Industry Programme

UKAEA is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of a new Fusion Industry Programme challenge, which aims to encourage innovation in the development of lithium technologies...

The challenge ‘Realising the potential of lithium in an economic, sustainable and scalable fusion energy fuel-cycle’ gives organisations the opportunity to apply for up to £1.5M for prototype development and evaluation. The challenge will go live on 25 May and be open for eight weeks.

As a growing industry, knowledge transfer from other technical and engineering sectors is vitally important, but projects should focus on developing UK industrial capability to lead the world in fusion fuel-cycle services.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Isotopic enrichment
  • Tritium extraction
  • Conversion and manufacturing

The contracts will be funded by the UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Programme and awarded through the UK Government platform ‘Small Business Research Initiative’.

The UKAEA’s Fusion Industry Programme (FIP) was launched in 2021 and aims to stimulate growth of the UK fusion ecosystem and prepare it for the future global fusion power plant market. Through FIP, UKAEA has awarded more than £5M to organisations to demonstrate how their innovative technologies and proposed solutions can help make fusion energy a commercial reality.

If you have any queries, please contact us on with the subject ‘Lithium Tech Challenge’.