BrightnESS² - Bringing together a neutron ecosystem for sustainable science with ESS

BrightnESS² is a European Union-funded project within the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. There are 16 institutes and universities from Europe and South Africa participating in the BrightnESS² partnership. The total budget is nearly €5 M and the duration of the project is three years.

The European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, will enable both fundamental and applied research. BrightnESS² is an integrated program in support of long-term sustainability of ESS, its community, and the network of neutron sources in Europe.


BrightnESS² builds on the legacy of BrightnESS (2015-2018), moving from risk mitigation to long-term sustainability of ESS in terms of scientific, technical and socio-economic impact. A sustainable ESS both supports, and depends upon, the long-term sustainability of neutron scattering in Europe. BrightnESS² aims to further strengthen the network of facilities for research using neutrons and help to uphold Europe’s position in the global research environment.

Project Summary

With a timeline of 36 months*, and 16 partners from Europe and South Africa, BrightnESS2 aims to ensure that:

  • Neutron facilities in Europe provide access and services in a strategic and coordinated manner to user communities from Europe and beyond,
  • In-kind contributions to ESS are managed as part of the R&D collaborative work,
  • ESS boosts the innovation potential of the facility and fosters strategic partnerships with industry,
  • ESS reinforces its position as a truly global research infrastructure,
  • ESS delivers positive socio-economic impact.


January 2019 – December 2021*


EUR 4,999,592.50

* The European Commission has granted a six-month, budget-neutral extension to the BrightnESS² project. This extends the project to 42 months, through 30 June 2022.