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How much does the LHC cost and who pays?
The direct total LHC project cost is £2.6bn, made up of:
* the collider (£2.1bn)
* the detectors (£575m).
The total cost is shared mainly by CERN's 20 Member States, with significant contributions from the six observer nations.
UK’s direct contribution to the LHC is £34m per year, or less than the cost of a pint of beer per adult in the UK per year: The UK pays £70m per year as our annual subscription to CERN.
The LHC project involves 111 nations in designing, building and testing equipment and software, participating in experiments and analysing data. The degree of involvement varies between countries, with some able to contribute more financial and human resource than others.