Webinar date: Wednesday 21st September 2016, 12:00-13:00. Email to register.

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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 Characterisation theme.


  1. Improved metrology to underpin radiochemical and in-situ analysis (measurement and modelling)

  2. Improved analytical technology (principally innovative, more rapid and cost-effective techniques for radionuclide analysis of decommissioning wastes, but also non-rad hazardous species in rad-wastes).

  3. In-situ characterisation (e.g., inaccessible structures such as pipelines, drains and underground vaults).

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