National Nuclear Laboratory


Wednesday 24 November 2021

NDA requests applicants for its bursary scheme

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is requesting applications to its PDRA bursary scheme, that is targeted at predominately risk and assurance, environment, and sustainability subjects.  Applications are welcome from academics with experience outside the nuclear sector where research and skills are transferable for these areas.

The call for proposals sets out a number of specific challenges against two broad themes:

  • Theme 1: Risk and Assurance
  • Theme 2: Environment and Sustainability

The NDA’s goals for the scheme are as follows:

  • Maintain and develop the key technical skills that will be required to help us carry out the mission over the coming decades
  • Provide fundamental understanding of technologies and processes across the NDA estate
  • Encourage two-way knowledge transfer between the academic and industrial communities working on nuclear decommissioning

Universities and Research Institutes are invited to make proposals within the scope of the call.  Up to £500,000* is available and it is anticipated that up-to 3 projects will be funded in this year’s call. 

  • To submit an application, please visit the following site

Further information on the NDA’s research needs can be found at the following links:

Proposals must be submitted online by 15:00 on Thursday 10th March 2022.

*Subject to confirmation of Spending Review settlements.

NNL is partnering with Arup to deliver this scheme, who will be able to provide technical guidance in support of research proposals into this programme. NNL and Arup will be jointly hosting a seminar with NDA in December 2021 or January 2022 where we will share further background to the topics and share case studies where we have applied similar research both across the NDA estate and in sectors outside the nuclear industry.

To register interest for the dissemination event, please contact

Further information on the scheme, the assessment criteria and selection process are available within the documents posted on the NNL website.  If you have any additional questions please contact the administrator, Dr Mark Bankhead directly at the following email address