Decommissioning

Webinar date: Monday 12th September 2016, 12:00-13:00. Email phdbursary@nnl.co.uk to register.

 

Click on this link to view the slides that go with this webinar. 

 

The NDA is requesting applications to its bursary scheme, to support the NDA mission to deliver safe, sustainable and publicly acceptable solutions to the challenge of decommissioning and clean-up of the UK's civil nuclear legacy. This year, up to £500,000 is available and Universities and Research Institutes are invited to make proposals in the a number of areas. This page provides details about the Decommissioning theme.

Decommissioning

  1. Technologies for the recovery and treatment of waste materials. Techniques for the recovery, characterisation and segregation of wastes (including alpha decommissioning and difficult to access areas) remote and autonomous systems are of particular interest.

  2. Monitoring of decommissioned facilities - including building structural assessment, monitoring containment and remote monitoring methods.

  3. Development of decontamination technologies including hard to access areas eg pipelines

  4. Decommissioning tools and techniques including:

    - Smarter manual ‘multi-tools’ for use in hostile environments.
    - Remote decommissioning (eg heel and residue removals from pipework and tanks, Improved air-fed suits for alpha decommissioning or systems for manual entries into hostile, C5 environments that do not require air-fed suits.)
    - Demolition and dismantling

  5. Treatment or remediation of contaminated land and buildings– to optimise opportunities for reuse or clean up

 

Details and Further Information

Funding will be available to UK academic institutions for PhD projects and to SMEs seeking ‘top-up’ funding for CASE awards and EngDocs in relevant areas. Only project proposals with a total cost to NDA of less than £100,000 will be considered (excluding cost of any collaboration with US research organisations). Eligible projects will include PhD projects involving universities or subcontractors where the bursary is used as a grant top-up in order to access national facilities for research involving the handling of radioactive materials.

To comply with the Government's protective security procedures all employees/contractors will be subject to an Industry Assurance check and a level of National Security vetting. Proposals will be assessed by a group of nuclear industry specialists. Contractual arrangements will be administered by the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) on behalf of the NDA.

Proposals must be submitted via https://ndaphdbursaryapplications.co.uk by 15:00 on the Friday 21st October 2016.

 

Further information on the scheme the assessment criteria and selection process is also available by contacting the administrator:

Dr Mark Bankhead

mark.bankhead@nnl.co.uk