Overview

Organisations can apply for a share of £3.9 million, including VAT, to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit to sort and segregate nuclear waste.

The aim of the competition is to develop an autonomous and integrated toolkit to sort and segregate radioactive waste generated by nuclear decommissioning activities. This will reduce the level of waste requiring disposal, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.

This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1 and the assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.

Phase 1: research and development contracts, feasibility study (this competition)

Up to £600,000 is available for this phase and it is anticipated that the feasibility study R&D contracts will be up to £60,000. This is for each project for up to 3 months and at the conclusion of phase 1 you will produce a technical feasibility study.

Phase 2: research and development contracts, prototype development and testing

Only successful applicants from phase 1 will be able to apply to take part in phase 2. Your end-of-phase 1 report (technical feasibility study) will form part of phase 2 applications.

The second phase will involve up to 4 R&D contracts. Up to £900,000, including VAT, will be allocated for each contract for up to 15 months, in order to develop and demonstrate a full scale prototype in a non-radioactive environment.

The contract is completed at the end of phase 2, and the successful business is expected to pursue commercialisation of their solution.

Key dates

Apply by | 11 November 2020 | 11:00am

Applicants notified | 15 January 2021

Phase 1 contracts awarded  |  26 February 2021

Briefing webinar recording

Find out more and apply

Full details about this competition and online application form can be found on the Innovation Funding Service website