£4 million research fund for disposal of radioactive waste

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under the auspices of the Research Council Energy Programme (RCEP), has been working with the NDA’s Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) to identify research challenges associated with the implementation of a geological waste facility.

The NDA and RCEP have called for expressions of interest from researchers to attend a joint workshop focussed on developing possible research activities to address these challenges. These activities will be light touch reviewed at the workshop and the most appropriate invited to prepare full proposals for a subsequent competitive call. Up to £4M will be available over the next four years to support proposals through this call.

Neil Smart, RWMD’s Head of Research said:

“We want attendees at the two-day workshop to jointly investigate with us the issues relating to geological disposal and to consider possible consortia they could create to address the issues.”

“There are limited places at the workshop run by EPSRC but it is anticipated that it will result in a range of projects which is sure to involve a wide number of researchers,” he added. 

Completed forms should be returned to geowasteworkshop@epsrc.ac.ukby 16:00 on 11 August 2010.

The selection of attendees will be made by ERSRC and RWMD.

The 2-day workshop will take place13 – 14 September in Birmingham.