Land Quality

Webinar Date: Monday 5th September 2016, 12:00-13:00. Email 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 Land Quality theme.


Land Quality

  1. Development of the understanding of the migration of radioactive and chemotoxic contaminants from buried concrete structures, including mechanisms of mobilisation of these into the environment such as diffusion & desorption; effective characterisation methods; and the generation of modelling and assessment tools to support the production of more robust Environmental Safety Cases.

  2. Development of effective stakeholder communication tools for the representation of uncertainty and assessment of variability in determining the long term safety of radioactive waste disposals and management of contaminated land.

  3. Expansion of the performance envelope of the latest generation of sampling equipment and analytical instruments to address the radioactive contaminants found at NDA sites, and to allow characterisation of groundwater conditions (including anoxic groundwater at geological repository depths 200-1000mbgl).

  4. Novel investigation techniques for radioactive discharge pipelines from nuclear sites including: methods for determination and application of fingerprints (using easily measured gamma emitters and the relationships between radionuclides of interest and easily measurable physical parameters (pH, eH, etc) to determine the presence of and quantify more difficult to detect radionuclides; innovative remotely operated vehicle designs to characterise pipelines, within the operating constraints of nuclear sites, to optimise the cost/benefit of sampling.


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