Advanced nuclear manufacturing and materials

Key Features

Businesses can apply for a share of up to £6.6 million to develop innovative new technologies for the civil nuclear sector.

Programme:     SBRI

Award:     Up to £1.9m

Opens: 7th Nov 2016

Closes: 18th Jan 2017

! This scheme is now closed

This competition aims to stimulate innovation in the civil nuclear sector. It covers 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. The competition expects all projects 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:

  • Structural materials
  • Mechanisation and automation of component manufacture
  • Large scale component manufacturing and assembly
  • Large scale component manufacturing and assembly
  • Development and verification of pre-fabricated modules
  • Design codes and standards

For further details on these categories, please click here.


  • This competition is open to any type of organisation
  • Working with others is encouraged. Contracts will be awarded to the lead organisation in any application
  • Pre start-ups are eligible, but will need to register as a business if you are awarded a contract

All applicants will need to show that their proposed idea has a credible and practical route to market.

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
  • Up to £800,000 available 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
  • Up to £4.2 million for stage 2 available
  • Development contracts for stage 2 projects will be worth up to £1.9 million
  • All stage 2 projects must be completed by March 2019