Organisations can apply for a share of up to £4 million to develop feasibility projects for nuclear advanced modular reactors. Up to £40 million of further funding may be available for development, subject to government approval.
Award: Up to £300k
Opens: 7th Dec 2017
Closes: 14th Feb 2018
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to invest up to £44m to establish an advanced modular reactor (AMR) feasibility and development programme.
For this competition AMRs are defined as a broad group of advanced nuclear reactors. AMRs differ from conventional reactors, which use pressurised or boiling water for primary cooling. They aim to maximise the amount of off-site factory fabrication and can target:
This competition has 2 phases:
Phase 1: funding (up to £4m) to undertake a series of feasibility studies for AMR designs. Contracts are worth up to £300k and will last up to 8 months
Phase 2: subject to government approval, a share of up to £40m could be available for selected projects from phase 1 to undertake development activities
You must apply into phase 1 to be considered for phase 2 funding.
Phase 1 total project costs can be up to £300k.
In phase 1 you will develop a feasibility study for your selected design of advanced modular reactor, including:
In addition, you will need to submit a report (as a standalone annexe to the main feasibility report) summarising the technology’s main safety, security and environmental features. This report will be reviewed by the Office for Nuclear Regulation and the Environment Agency (the regulators), who will provide feedback.
To be successful you must also:
Specific competition themes
This competition is looking for projects that focus on at least one of the primary application areas, which are:
To apply, lead organisations should have experience in nuclear reactor technologies, however all applicants are encouraged to work with innovative organisations from inside and outside the nuclear sector. Technology transfer is particularly encouraged.
Individual phase 1 proposals can request up to £300k to fund feasibility study projects.
Projects will receive 100% funding from BEIS.
In phase 1, the competition is particularly looking for feasibility projects for technologies that:
The competition is specifically looking for projects that focus on one or more of the primary application areas.