Open Call

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 Waste Packaging and Storage theme.

Open Criteria

This category will be left open for civil nuclear decommissioning related proposals that might be of interest to the NDA and are not encompassed by the above themes. When constructing proposals for this theme, respondents should ensure their idea aligns with the NDA mission (see NDA Strategy 2016) and demonstrate this in their proposals. In particular, the NDA would be interested to receive proposals based on:

  1. The development or application of robotic and autonomous systems for use in nuclear decommissioning.

  2. The characterisation and interim end-states of aqueous effluents.


Collaboration with US Research Organisations

This year, respondents will have the opportunity to include an element of collaboration with research institutions in the United States in their research proposals. The PI for the proposal should be a UK academic and he/she will need to have an established relationship with the US academic/research institution with whom the collaboration is proposed. The proposal should include separate costs for any secondments and/or work in the US, and any associated supervision costs. It should also indicate how overseas working would be managed. It should indicate whether the collaboration is essential or desirable to the proposal and the associated benefit of the collaboration. If work in the proposal is deemed relevant to US nuclear decommissioning challenges, the US DoE may fund part of the proposal.

N.B. Inclusion of a US collaboration element is not mandatory for bursary proposals, and applications without this element will not be “marked down”.


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 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