NDA R&D brochure outlines approach to investment

NDA new 200The NDA has published a new R&D brochure, which outlines its approach to one of the main routes for investing in the development of innovative technical solutions.

The 16-page brochure focuses on funds that are invested directly by the NDA in projects that can deliver innovation across the whole state, enhance technical skills and inform the UK-wide strategy.

Six case studies are included, demonstrating a range of funding mechanisms and different technologies at varying stages of development.

Approximately £85 million is spent annually to support site-level projects commissioned via the SLCs and a further £5 million on projects commissioned directly by the NDA.

Many of the directly funded projects are collaborations between different research organisations, including academic institutions, SLCs and the supply chain. Additional funds are leveraged through joint initiatives with other public sector organisations.

Prof Melanie Brownridge, the NDA’s Head of Technology, said:

“We are very proud of the progress that has been achieved from our R&D investments. Our aim is to leverage our funding where possible and encourage further collaboration to address the unique challenges on our sites.”

A further brochure is planned that will look at R&D carried out within the Site Licence Companies.