National Nuclear Laboratory


Wednesday 19 August 2015

Announcement of webinars for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

NDA PhD Bursary 2016

The National Nuclear Laboratory on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is pleased to announce the 2016 PhD bursary call for proposals.

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 using the application form available on the NNL website and need to be sent directly to: by 15:00 on the Tuesday 20th October 2015.

Further information on the scheme the assessment criteria and selection process is also available by contacting the administrator, Dr Mark Bankhead directly at the following email address ( and within the documents posted on the NNL website.

Please click on the following links for more information

NDA Bursary Call 2016 Application Form

NDA Bursary Call 2016 Additional Information

NDA Bursary Call 2016 Advert


Webinar Sessions

National Nuclear Laboratory on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority will be hosting webinar sessions ahead of the upcoming NDA Bursary call for 2016. The objective of these sessions will be to allow technical leads from the Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning Research Forum to provide further background of the research themes that will be included in the 2016 call.

The first session was held on the theme of Spent Fuel & Nuclear Materials. This was held on Tuesday 25th August 2015. Please see below for the other categories of webinars.

1. Waste packaging and storage – Friday 18th September 2015

2. Spent Fuel and Nuclear Materials – Tuesday 25th August 2015

3. Characterisation – 25th September 2015

4. Decommissioning – 30th September 2015

5. Land Quality – 29th September 2015

Recordings and presentations from the meeting will be available through the NNL website at a later date:

For further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch with:

Dr Mark Bankhead

Facilitator for 2016 NDA PhD Bursary

01925 289943