SBRI funding competition: advanced nuclear manufacturing and materials

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop innovative new technologies for the civil nuclear sector.

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Competition guidance: advanced nuclear materials and manufacturing

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This competition opened on 7 November 2016 and is now closed for registrations.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to invest up to £5 million in projects to develop innovative manufacturing and materials technologies for the civil nuclear sector.

The aim of this competition is to establish an innovative R&D base for materials and manufacturing. This will support a strong UK nuclear supply chain.

Proposals should address one of the following themes. Allocated budgets are shown in brackets:

  1. nuclear structural materials (£1.5 million)
  2. mechanisation and automation of component manufacture (£1.9 million)
  3. large scale component manufacture and assembly (£1.1 million)
  4. pre-fabricated module development and verification (£200,000)
  5. design codes and standards (£300,000)

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition run in partnership with Innovate UK. It is open to organisations of all sizes.

The competition consists of 2 stages for themes 1 to 3. For themes 4 and 5, the competition will be single stage and applicants will move directly to stage 2.

  • stage 1: technical feasibility studies. For themes 1 to 3, these will last up to 3 months. Contracts are worth up to £25,000. For themes 4 and 5, technical feasibility studies will last up to 24 months. Contracts are worth up to £200,000 for theme 4 and £300,000 for theme 5
  • stage 2: development contracts. These will last up to 20 months. Contracts are worth up to £1.9 million

In total, we have allocated up to £800,000 for stage 1 and up to £4.2 million for stage 2.

You must register before midday (12.00pm) on 11 January 2017.

You must apply before midday (12.00pm) on 18 January 2017.

Attend the briefing event in London on 17 November 2016.

Not right for your innovation project? View other Innovate UK funding competitions.

Published 4 November 2016
Last updated 11 January 2017 + show all updates
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