Organisations can apply for a share of up to £5.6 million, inclusive of VAT, to develop solutions for fuel cycle services which use Lithium.
Award: Share of up to £5.6 million
Opens: 25th May 2023
Closes: 19th Jul 2023
This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA).
This funding programme will support the UK’s leadership in economic, sustainable, and scalable fusion energy.
The aim of this competition is to encourage innovation in the development of Lithium in an economic, sustainable, and scalable fusion energy fuel cycle.
Your project must evidence that initial feasibility work has been undertaken in line with the theme of this competition.
Your proposal must:
Your solution must:
Preference will be given to applications which:
Contracts will be given to successful applicants.
You must demonstrate a credible and practical route to market, so your application must include a plan to commercialise your results.
Your project can focus on one or more of the following:
Technologies that can enrich the proportion of the minor isotope Lithium-6.
Enrichment will be essential to the fuel sustainability of many fusion power designs and, where it is not essential, can add value by boosting Tritium production. This will enable the commissioning and re-start of other fusion power plants.
Lithium enrichment represents a front-end fuel cycle service that will be demanded by fusion reactor operators around the world.
Examples of performance measures that would constitute an improvement over existing Lithium enrichment technologies include:
Technologies that can extract Tritium from a Lithium breeding material and make it available, fast and efficient enough to fuel the ongoing Deuterium-Tritium (DT) reaction.
Performance parameters relevant to a fusion energy plant’s fuel cycle system include:
Conversion and Manufacturing
Technologies or techniques that can convert Lithium from the form available in existing supply chains into either:
Aspects relevant to a sustainable and competitive supply chain include:
Prototype development and evaluation
This can include prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, testing and validation of new or improved products, processes or services in environments representative of real-life operating conditions. The primary objective is to make further technical improvements on products, processes or services that are not substantially set.
Your project must:
To lead a project, you can:
This competition will not fund any procurement, commercial, business development or supply chain activity with any Russian or Belarusian entity as lead or subcontractor. This includes any goods or services originating from a Russian or Belarusian source.
Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only. However, if you can justify subcontracting components of the work, you can engage specialists or advisers. As a funding body UKAEA cannot be a subcontractor in your project. This work will still be the responsibility of the main contractor.
UKAEA will not fund projects that:
A total of up to £5.6 million, inclusive of VAT, is allocated to this competition.
This competition will award up to 4 contracts to develop a prototype and undertake field testing for up to 18 months. Up to £1.5 million, inclusive of VAT, will be allocated for each contract.
The contract is completed at the end of the competition, and the successful organisation is expected to pursue commercialisation of their solution.
Value Added Tax (VAT)
You must select whether you are VAT registered before entering your project costs.
VAT is the responsibility of the invoicing business. We will not provide any further advice and suggest you seek independent advice from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
If you select you are VAT registered, you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT. As part of the application process VAT will be automatically calculated and added to your project cost total. Your total project costs inclusive of VAT must not exceed £1.5 million.
Not VAT registered
If you select you are not VAT registered, you must enter your project costs exclusive of VAT and no VAT will be added. You will not be able to increase total project costs to cover VAT later should you become VAT registered. Your total project costs must not exceed £1.5 million.
Research and development
Your application must have at least 50% of the contract value attributed directly and exclusively to R&D services, including solution exploration and design. R&D can also include prototyping and field-testing the product or service. This lets you incorporate the results of your exploration and design and demonstrate that you can produce in quantity to acceptable quality standards.
R&D does not include:
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