Businesses can apply for a share of up to £5 million to develop innovative new technologies for the civil nuclear sector
Award: Up to £1.9 million
Opens: 7th Nov 2016
Closes: 18th Jan 2017
This competition aims to stimulate innovation in the civil nuclear sector. Covering structural materials, manufacturing technologies and modular construction processes. Projects that develop new technologies or that transfer technology from other sectors are eligible.
Projects must allow industry to take advantage of future national and global opportunities in the nuclear sector. Projects are expected to help boost growth and reduce costs in the nuclear industry. This could be through creating jobs for new projects, gaining long term service contracts, exploiting intellectual property ownership or working with international partners.
Applications must be in one of the following categories:
1. Structural materials
2. Mechanisation and automation of component manufacture
3. Large scale component manufacturing and assembly
4. Development and verification of pre-fabricated modules
5. Design codes and standards
Funding and project details
This competition has 2 stages for themes 1 to 3. Themes 4 and 5 will be single stage and successful applicants will be offered a stage 1 contract.
In stage 1, you will need to show the technical feasibility of your proposed concept. There is up to £800,000 allocated for stage 1 projects. Contracts for technical feasibility studies in themes 1 to 3 will last up to 3 months and will be worth up to £25,000.
Contracts for theme 4 projects will be worth up to £200,000 and last up to 12 months.
Contracts for theme 5 projects will be worth up to £300,000 and last up to 24 months.
For projects in themes 1 to 3, in stage 2 you will need to develop and evaluate prototypes and demonstrators based on your stage 1 proposal. There is up to £4.2 million allocated for stage 2. Development contracts for stage 2 projects will be worth up to £1.9 million. All stage 2 projects must be completed by March 2019.
For projects in themes 1 to 3, stage 2 is only open to organisations that have satisfactorily completed stage
Only the most promising projects from stage 1 into stage 2, subject to independent assessment and budget limitations.