UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme Phase 4

EPSRC, in collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sport, Culture and Technology (MEXT) and the Nuclear Safety Research Association (NSRA) seek collaborative research applications with UK and Japan-based principal investigators in the removal of fuel debris and environmental safety around reactor core decommissioning of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). EPSRC will fund the UK-based research and MEXT will fund the Japan-based research components. This call represents the fourth phase of this UK-Japan research programme and is for small projects of approximately thirty months' duration, with a fixed end date of 31 March 2020.

Any UK applicant considering submitting a proposal to this call must complete the Expression of Interest form on this call page to register their intent to submit before 16:00 on 12 June 2017.

Background

This collaboration has arisen from negotiations between the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), EPSRC and MEXT in Japan. These negotiations culminated at a meeting at the FCO in October 2013 where it was agreed that a joint collaborative programme of research should be initiated. The subject areas for this fourth call have been agreed as the removal of fuel debris, and environmental measures including the management of radioactive waste, around reactor core decommissioning of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi NPP for long term storage or disposal.

This call seeks to support two research projects in the retrieval of fuel debris using robotics and remote sensing and/or in the treatment of radioactive waste for long term storage or disposal. The projects are to be of fixed duration, with a fixed start date in October 2017 and a fixed end date of 31 March 2020. This is in order to accommodate the Japanese funding cycle.

It is expected that applications will complement existing research projects funded under previous phases of the UK Japan Civil Nuclear Energy programme.