The Generation IV International Forum (GIF)
In recent years, a Generation IV International Forum (GIF) has been set up in order to guide the research undertaken on new reactors and to make best use of shared resources. Although the Forum initially had only ten members, it expanded in 2003 to include the countries of the European Commission. The most notable absentees include Germany (for internal political reasons) and India (owing to an as yet underdeveloped nuclear program).