SBRI funding competition: integrated innovation for nuclear decommissioning

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £3 million to integrate and demonstrate innovative technologies for nuclear decommissioning.


The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), Sellafield Ltd and Innovate UK are to invest up to £3 million in projects that will integrate and demonstrate flexible innovative technologies for the nuclear decommissioning sector.

The aim of this competition is to develop an innovative and integrated demonstrator. This should minimise human intervention, achieve a significant increase in productivity and reduce the cost of nuclear decommissioning.

This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. It is open to organisations of all sizes, from any sector.

This competition has 2 phases. We have allocated up to £400,000 for phase 1 and up to £2.6 million for phase 2.

  • phase 1: technical feasibility studies. We expect projects to range in size, up to a total cost of £50,000. Projects should last up to 3 months.
  • phase 2: development and demonstration in a non-active environment. We expect projects to range in size, up to a total cost of £1.5 million, but we will consider funding larger projects on a case by case basis. Projects should last up to 20 months.

The competition opens on 30 January 2017.

You must register before noon on 19 April 2017.

You must apply before noon on 26 April 2017.

Register and apply online. The registration link will be available once the competition opens.

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