NEST Countries

The NEST Framework comprises several countries and organisations who wish to cooperate through international exchanges and activities to strengthen nuclear-related technology education and training programmes, build technical and non-technical skills in the field of nuclear science, and foster the safe use of nuclear technology and its applications.

Currently,  10 countries are participating in the NEST Framework. 

Fifteen organisations (Parties) are the initial signatories of the Framework Agreement:


Party to the Framework Agreement


Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN)


Natural Resources Canada (NRCan/RNCan)


Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)

Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN)


Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA)

Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN)

Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS)

Ispettorato nazionale per la sicurezza nucleare e la radioprotezione (ISIN)

Università degli Studi di Milano


Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)


Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI)


The State Atomic Agency Corporation (ROSATOM)


Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI)

United States

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)



The NEA is keen to engage further with interested countries who wish to train a new generation of professionals and who value long term and sustainable international co-operation in the area of nuclear education, skills and technology.