Tuesday, May 25, 2010

News: Funding opportunities for nuclear R&D


Rotherham is continuing to play a lead role in the new civil nuclear sector and an event at the Advanced Manufacturing Park next month will focus on nuclear research and development.

The Technology Strategy Board has announced that it will be investing up to £2m in feasibility studies (up to a maximum of £150k each study) to stimulate innovation and strengthen the supply chain in the area of nuclear R&D and its applications.

NAMTEC in Rotherham, in partnership with the Energy Generation and Supply KTN, and supported by the Northern Way, are coordinating the workshop to promote the competition, engage with the supply chain and broker potential partnerships.

The investment is based on an independent study which the Technology Strategy Board commissioned in order to review both the business opportunities and the UK's R&D capability for the civil nuclear sector. It followed a report by NAMTEC on the supply chain for a UK nuclear new build.

The competition is looking to engage SMEs from a broad range of sectors together with existing major players in the nuclear sector or potential new entrants into the market.

The SMEs may have technology ideas or products that they feel could be applicable to the nuclear industry, but need further development, analysis or assessment to take them to the next stage. Research providers such as universities are also eligible for the competition.

The workshop will include an industry perspective on nuclear opportunities in the UK, an overview of the UK nuclear R&D capability and details of the competition.

The event takes place at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham on June 10 from 10am to 3pm.

Technology Strategy Board website


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