National Nuclear User Facility Phase 2 Call

EPSRC are inviting eligible academics to submit proposals for equipment and facilities to carry out underpinning science and engineering research in nuclear fission. Up to £74.1 million (£61.4 million of capital provision and £12.7 million resource budget – see funding section for details) is available to provide, refresh and update underpinning multi-user equipment with a primary focus on nuclear research on active samples across the UK.  

Proposals will be considered by the EPSRC Energy team for remit requirements before being assessed by an expert Panel.  This is a call for equipment of significant size and value.  Applications must be for equipment in excess of £250k.  A full list of pre-identified equipment and facilities can be found in Appendix 1 of the call document.

Applicants considering submitting a proposal must discuss their potential application with EPSRC as soon as possible.  Guidance on making full submissions will also be communicated at the Town meeting in the week beginning the 15 April.  An Institution may lead on more than one bid.

EPSRC are also inviting proposals to run the National Nuclear User Facility (NNUF) Programme Management Group (£0.9 million).  The group will manage the NNUF as a unified facility, administer the distribution of central research support funding (£6.5m) and report back to UK Research and Innovation on the progress of NNUF every six weeks.