New NDA Direct Research Portfolio framework announced

Industrial and academic members of the South West Nuclear Hub have been successful in the recent announcement of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Direct Research Portfolio framework.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) mission is to clean up the UK’s earliest nuclear sites safely, securely and cost-effectively with care for people and the environment.

The Universities of Bristol and Oxford, EDF, National Nuclear Laboratory, Cavendish Nuclear, and Nuclear AMRC will support the NDA with cutting edge research capability and industrial expertise.

The Direct Research Portfolio (DRP) contracts will be shared by a series of consortia involving established nuclear companies, global cross-sector corporations, UK universities, national laboratories, plus small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

This framework covers three areas:

  • University Interactions
  • Integrated Waste Management and Site Decommissioning and Remediation
  • Spent Fuels and Nuclear Material

These contracts, worth up to £25 million, support the NDA’s University Research Strategy and are aligned to four of the NDA’s strategic themes. They will also address cross-industry R&D requirements identified by the Nuclear Waste and Decommissioning Research Forum, a group that aims to enhance coordination of R&D and technical programmes across UK Site Decommissioning and Remediation and Integrated Waste Management activities.

These new contracts will run for four years and replace the previous DRPs awarded in 2016. The 12 successful consortia, six of which are led by SMEs, involve over 60 organisations in total.

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Direct Research Portfolio

You can read the full news article from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority here: www.gov.uk/government/news/new-25million-contracts-support-nuclear-decommissioning 

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