Funding for Nuclear Innovation
- Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
- Part of:
- Low carbon technologies and Research and development
- First published:
- 3 November 2016
Applying for government funding for UK civil nuclear fission innovation
Nuclear Innovation, 2016-2021
At Spending Review 2015, government committed to invest in an ambitious nuclear research and development programme. This funding forms a part of government’s wider commitment to double the UK’s energy innovation spend, such that by 2021 it will have doubled to over £400m per year.
Nuclear Innovation, 2016-2018
As part of this commitment, over £20 million will be provided to support innovation in the civil nuclear sector across 5 major areas from 2016-18, building on the recommendations set out by the Nuclear Innovation Research Advisory Board NIRAB.
This funding includes:
- £6 million towards maintaining the UK’s leading edge work on advanced nuclear fuels which could provide greater levels of efficiency. You can apply for Advanced Nuclear Fuel procurement here.
- £5 million for research that underpins the development, safety and efficiency of the next generation of nuclear reactor designs. This includes scoping work in collaboration with the Welsh Government. You can apply for Safety procurement here and Digital Nuclear Reactor Design procurement here.
- £5 million to develop the UK’s capability in materials, advanced manufacturing and modular build for the reactors of the future. This procurement is being led by Innovate UK through the Small Business Research Initiative. You can apply for these procurements here from 7 November 2016. A briefing event for applicants is being held in London on 17 November 2016. Register your attendance here.
- £2 million to research fuel recycling processes that may reduce future environmental and financial burdens. You can apply for Recycling procurement here.
- £2 million to continue with the development of a suite of toolkits and underpinning data that will enhance government’s knowledge basis for future decision making in the nuclear sector, up to 2050.
Note that the deadlines for the procurements above are respectively 16 December 2016 for those on the website of the Official Journal of the European Union, and 18 January 2017 for the Small Business Research Initiative procurement. If you have questions in relation to these procurements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovation in nuclear fusion technologies
Nuclear Fusion is the process that powers the sun and harnessing this process to deliver clean, inexhaustible energy is the goal of global fusion research. This technology is less developed than fission energy generation technology but is a promising field of research that could have global implications in the future. In addition, there is a clear link between the technologies that support fission and fusion energy research such as robotics, advanced materials and computing that can be exploited for the benefit of the UK nuclear sector as whole.
The UK’s fusion research programme and contributions to international fusion programmes such as JET had ITER are managed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Research funding for the UK fusion programme is managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
Published: 3 November 2016