About Us

Advancing fuel cycle innovation to secure a Net Zero future

Developed to help equip the UK with the right skills, technology and networks to achieve carbon neutrality, AFCP leverages cross-country collaboration and cutting-edge science to steer the direction of future energy systems.

AFCP is driving innovation to underpin a clean energy future in the United Kingdom. Part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) £505m Energy Innovation Programme – a portion of which marks the biggest public investment in nuclear fission in a generation – AFCP is investigating the role of advanced nuclear fuels and fuel cycles for a Net Zero future. With UK Government committed to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, AFCP is laying the foundation from which Britain can maximise its current capability, meet Net Zero and continue deploying sustainable fuel and recycling concepts through the future.

Led in partnership by BEIS and the UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), AFCP pioneers a uniquely collaborative approach to innovation. Uniting NNL’s unique nuclear infrastructure with the innovative skills and capabilities of more than 100 organisations across over 10 countries, AFCP is delivering a suite of fuel cycle science themes with measurable impact across Britain’s evolving low-carbon landscape.


At a glance

AFCP is the UK Government’s leading research programme for developing the nuclear fuel cycles of the future.

What we do

Combining NNL’s unique expertise and infrastructure with innovative partner organisations, AFCP is driving nuclear innovation forward.

Our mission and purpose

AFCP is championing the UK's impressive research agenda, supporting skills development and steering Britain towards a sustainable Net Zero future.

Our team

AFCP’s 11 workstreams comprise world-renowned scientific experts across national laboratory, academia and industry.

Our origin

AFCP is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) £505m Energy Innovation Programme, designed to help expand the potential of clean energy technologies in the UK.