This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
The aim of the competition is to develop an autonomous and integrated toolkit to sort and segregate radioactive waste generated by nuclear decommissioning activities. This will reduce the level of waste requiring disposal, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.
This is phase 1 of a 2-phase competition. A decision to proceed with phase 2 will depend on the outcomes from phase 1 and the assessment of a separate application into a subsequent phase 2 competition.
To lead a project, you can:
Contracts will be awarded to a single legal entity only.
Due to the wide range of technologies required to provide a solution to this challenge, you are allowed to work with others as subcontractors where their special expertise is needed.
There is no limit on the number of applications you can make as the lead applicant. The applications you submit must be materially different.
The aim of this competition is to develop an autonomous, integrated toolkit which sorts, and segregates radioactive waste generated by nuclear decommissioning activities into compliant, optimised packages.
Your project must:
The funders are seeking innovative projects that combine existing technologies into a single integrated system.
Your application must address all the following:
The funders are keen to encourage technology transfer from other industrial sectors that carry out multiple complex automated tasks, rapidly and safely. This might include, for example, food processing, logistics, waste management, high value manufacturing or medical.