Funding news - 06/07/2012
Grants for Developing the UK Civil Nuclear Power Supply Chain
This Call for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) aims to assist businesses to improve competitiveness, productivity and performance in the nuclear sector through better use of the knowledge, technology and skills available in the UK knowledge base.
It will support the development of innovative technologies that can be used in the assessment, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, waste management and decommissioning of civil nuclear plant in a safe, economic and sustainable manner.
The Call also aims to increase awareness of this technology and to ensure that UK industry maintains a world-class innovation capability.
Through this investment the Call aims to:
- Stimulate, improve and promote the adoption of nuclear technologies, developed in the UK knowledge base by businesses across a range of sectors.
- Raise the profile of key UK capabilities in nuclear R&D.
- Encourage greater and more sustainable knowledge exchange across the supply chain through a partnership approach.
The level of grant that the KTP can receive depends upon the size of the company. The grant is paid through the academic partner and the level also depends on whether the academic partner uses a full economic cost model. As an example, a small or medium-sized enterprise might contribute around a third of the project costs with the remainder of the costs being paid as grant. Currently average annual project costs are around £60,000. Larger companies generally receive a lower level of funding.
Assistance is available specifically to KTPs in the following technical areas in the UK:
- Advanced manufacturing, construction and maintenance.
- Condition monitoring, instrumentation and controls.
- Materials and modelling.
- Decommissioning and waste management.
- Open innovation – highly innovative technologies not covered in the above.
The deadline for receipt of applications is 4 October 2012.
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Source: Technology Strategy Board, 02/07/2012