NDA Bursary opportunity

The NDA is requesting applications to its bursary scheme, to support the NDA mission to deliver safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions to the challenge of decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s civil nuclear legacy.

This year, up to £500,000 is available and Universities and Research Institutes are invited to make proposals in the following thematic areas:

A) Characterisation

1) Development of automated technologies for the analytical measurement of radionuclides.

2) Development of technologies for the rapid, in-situ characterisation of contaminated facilities where man-entry is not possible.

B) Waste Packaging & Storage

1) Research that will extend our knowledge of the nature and evolution of wasteforms (e.g. polymers and cement) during long-term storage (up to 500 years).

2) Development of technologies that will allow us to monitor the performance of waste packages during long-term storage (e.g. Cl deposition, corrosion initiation, deformation, etc).

C) Land Quality

1) Development of low cost technologies that can treat high volumes of groundwater with environmentally sensitive levels of Tc-99, Sr-90 and/or C-14.

2) Development of sensors (e.g. electrochemical, biological) that could be incorporated into a remote groundwater sensing network for the monitoring of common, problematic radionuclides.

D) Decommissioning

1) Development of technologies that would reduce manual intervention in decommissioning activities (e.g. improved planning, size reduction, sample retrieval, in-situ analysis).

2) Research that will extend our knowledge of the nature and performance (e.g. structural integrity) of legacy facilities.

E) Spent Fuel & Nuclear Material

1) Research that will extend our knowledge of the properties of spent fuel under long-term wet or dry storage conditions.

2) Development of technologies that will allow us to monitor the performance of spent fuel during long-term wet or dry storage conditions.

F) Open Criteria

Research not covered by other themes but with significant benefit to the NDA’s mission.

Funding will be available to academic institutions for PhD projects and to SMEs seeking ‘top-up’ funding for CASE awards and EngDocs in relevant areas.  Only project proposals with a value less than £100,000 will be considered.

To comply with the Government’s protective security procedures all employees/contractors will be subject to an Industry Assurance check and a level of National Security vetting. Proposals will be assessed by a group of nuclear industry specialists. Contractual arrangements will be administered by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) on behalf of the NDA.

Proposals must be submitted using the application form – see link on the right – and should to be sent directly to Dr. Dave Goddard (dave.t.goddard@nnl.co.uk) by 15:00 on Friday 15th February 2013.  Further information is also available on the right under ‘Related Links’.