Nuclear Consortia Follow-on Funding

The EPSRC Nuclear Fission portfolio is a cross-cutting, multidisciplinary research area encompassing research in EPSRC's Engineering and Physical Sciences portfolios as well as in other Research Councils. With the recent publication of EPSRC's research area strategies, it is timely to consider the contribution that this area can make to the Energy programme and ensure that there is appropriate support for Nuclear Fission research in the UK.

The EPSRC Energy programme is looking to invest in two follow on activities: one in the decommissioning, immobilisation and management of nuclear waste and one in the nuclear fuel cycle. EPSRC has previously invested in this area through the DISTINCTIVE (Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories) and PACIFIC (Providing a Nuclear Fuel Cycle in the UK for Implementing Carbon Reductions) projects, which were funded in February 2014 and May 2014 respectively.

EPSRC would like to encourage elements of proposals consider the public acceptability of research outputs in this sector. With this in mind, applicants are encouraged to consider risk perception, safety analysis and sustainability elements where relevant to individual work packages. Applicants should also consider the impact to UK regulators and how to engage with relevant policy makers to de-risk uptake of future technologies.

EPSRC expect that collaborative links will be made with key industrial partners, users and other existing EPSRC investments in the Nuclear Fission portfolio.

EPSRC also ask that all investments in the Energy portfolio take an appreciation of how their research supports the Whole Energy System, and approaches that can help deliver this.