Funding will boost civil nuclear power innovation

Funding will boost civil nuclear power innovation

29 Mar 2012

The Government is to invest up to £15 million in research, development and knowledge transfer to stimulate innovation and support growth in the civil nuclear power sector.

The investment – through the Technology Strategy Board the Department of Energy and Climate Change the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council  will fund feasibility projects, collaborative research and development and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) that stimulate innovation and strengthen the UK supply chain.

The investment will support innovative technologies that can be used in the construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, waste management and decommissioning of nuclear plant in a safe, economic and sustainable manner. 

 Up to £12 million will be made available for business-led collaborative research and development projects.  Up to £2 million will be invested in feasibility studies and a further £1 million will be available to support Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which will focus on the transfer of knowledge and skills into industry from academia.

The competitions for collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies will support innovative technologies to help UK business benefit from the resurgence in civil nuclear fission power generation and decommissioning.  Applicants will have to show how they will help strengthen the UK supply chain whilst contributing to the high-level, long-term challenge of developing cost-effective and safe solutions with high reliability and durability in the nuclear sector.  They must also take account of the key issues of regulation, health and safety and non-proliferation. 

The targeted call for KTPs is focused specifically on the exchange of knowledge and skills from academia into the nuclear supply chain and will be run in parallel with the other competitions.  It will help businesses to improve their competitiveness, productivity and performance in the nuclear sector through the better use of the knowledge, technology and skills that are already available within the UK knowledge base.

 The feasibility and collaborative R&D competitions open on 2 July 2012 and the deadline for registration is 29 August 2012.  The deadline for submitting feasibility applications and expressions of interest in collaborative R&D is 5 September 2012.  For further information please visit: DCNPSC competition.

The targeted call for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships also opens on 2 July 2012 and applications must be submitted by 4 October 2012.  For further information please visit: DCNPSC KTP.

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Last updated on Friday 18 May 2012 at 16:09

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