Future Circular Collider Global Collaboration Working Group

Our mandate

Engage with countries with mature communities, a long-standing participation in CERN's programmes and the potential to contribute substantially to the Organization's long-term scientific objectives, to facilitate opportunities for national participation in the FCC Feasibility Study through: 

  • Membership or Associate Membership, as provided by CERN's geographical enlargement policy
  • Long term bilateral agreements

Engage with the participants - national laboratories, institutes and universities as well as industry in the Member States (MS), Associate Member States (AMS) and Non-Member States (NMS) - to carry out the following mandate:

  • Encourage an expanded membership
  • Explore opportunities for future prospective participants
  • Support new participants in application processes
  • Assist the new participants in defining areas of collaboration
  • Conclude relevant agreements
  • Facilitate the integration process
  • Facilitate interest in CERN non-core areas - geology, geodesy, logistics, material science
  • Prepare the foundations for research and contributions by industry
  • Liaise with national contact persons and forums

Our strategic framework

The ESPP update of June 2020 calls for wider scientific & technological support for CERN endeavours, from full exploitation of the LHC to preparation of the longer-term future of CERN.

Alongside completion of HL-LHC, ESPP objectives for future projects require a multi-tiered engagement with government entities, as well as individual national laboratories, institutes and universities, in the MS, AMS & NMS (including Observer States).

The ESPP concluded the following :

  • Particle physics community considering several large future projects
  • Due to size, complexity, duration & cost, will need to be planned on global scale.
  • For new global facility hosted at CERN, long-term commitments are needed, taking account of construction & operating costs.
  • NMS might contribute to new facility at CERN in two ways:
    • Becoming a CERN MS / AMS, participating in the entirety of CERN basic programme or in a new programme of activities encompassing the new facility and related infrastructure.
    • Participation at the project level, implemented through a long-term bilateral or multilateral agreement.
  • CERN should engage now with potential partners to explore their preferred option.

Our approach to Global Collaboration

FCC Collaboration is formed through a global, two-way and integrative process, while being geographically balanced.

We are open to areas beyond conventional accelerator R&D (environment & sustainability; education & training; knowledge transfer to society; & public engagement) and in areas that are non-core activities for CERN (geology, geodesy, logistics & material science).

We want to prepare foundations for industrial research and contributions via national laboratories, institutes and universities.

CERN is engaging in discussions with potential major partners as part of the FCC Feasibility Study for such a global project being hosted at CERN.


Status of Global FCC Collaboration