Strategy to ensure that there is relevant and sufficient academic capability available in the required timescales to facilitate delivery of the NDA mission.
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In order to successfully deliver our mission, NDA needs to ensure that it is technically underpinned by sufficient and appropriate R&D and that our estate has access to the skills and capability to carry out the mission efficiently and effectively on the required timescales.
University R&D plays an important role in this delivery through:
- maintenance and/or development of key technical skills required to deliver the decommissioning plans
- early-stage development of decommissioning technologies (e.g. technology at low technology readiness levels)
- application/adaption of existing technologies to radioactive environments
- informing the development of strategy and policy
- advancement and transfer of knowledge with regard to decommissioning
- providing fundamental understanding of underpinning science and engineering of key processes or technologies deployed on our sites
- identification of R&D opportunities arising from current and future projects