The IFMIF project started in 1994 as an international scientific research program, carried out by Japan, the European Union, the United States and Russia, and managed by the International Energy Agency. Since 2007, the activities are pursued through the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF)/ Engineering Design and Engineering Validation Activities (EVEDA) project, one of the activities under the Broader Approach Agreement, the EU-Japan collaboration aiming to complement the ITER project and accelerate the development of fusion.
The IFMIF/EVEDA project aims to produce an integrated engineering design of the IFMIF plant and the data necessary for future decisions on the construction, operation, exploitation and decommissioning of the future Fusion Neutron Source by completing the engineering validation activities of its three main facilities: the Test Facility, the Lithium Target Facility, and the Accelerator Facility (LIPAc).
Following the successful completion of the first phase of this project, in March 2020, Europe and Japan reaffirmed their commitment to continuing their joint activities by signing a Joint Declaration supplementing the BA Agreement. In this second phase, IFMIF/EVEDA will focus on the enhancement of the LIPAc operation by design improvement and the update of the IFMIF Fusion Neutron Source.