UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme Phase 7

EPSRC, in collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sport, Culture and Technology (MEXT) and the Nuclear Safety Research Association (NSRA), seek collaborative research applications with UK and Japan-based principal investigators in the removal of fuel debris and environmental safety around reactor core decommissioning of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), and Sellafield's decommissioning challenges. EPSRC will fund the UK-based research and MEXT will fund the Japan-based research components. This call represents the seventh phase of the UK-Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme and it is for small projects of approximately 30 months duration, with a fixed end date of 31 March 2023.

This call seeks to support two projects covering key research challenges to accelerate and advance nuclear science including decommissioning relevant to Fukushima and Sellafield.

The case for support is permitted to be ten pages to match the allowed limit in Japan. In addition, the application should include a two page outline of the project describing both the UK and Japan-based components. This outline will be assessed by JAEA/CLADS during the interview stage (to be held in Japan, for Japan-based researchers only) which is described in the assessment section.

Applicants should note that they should request only the travel and subsistence cost for the UK part of the project. Japanese partners should request any funds they need from MEXT.

Key dates



Je-S opens for Full Proposals

13 May 2020

Deadline for Full Proposals

15 July 2020

Interview Panel - Japan Only

August 2020

Expert Panel meeting

August 2020

Funding decision

September 2020

Grant start date

November 2020

*EPSRC aims to adhere to the key dates as published, however there may be exceptions where the sift, prioritisation or interview meeting may have to change due to panel member availability.

EPSRC contacts:

Elizabeth Bent, Portfolio Manager - 01793 - 444426

Edward Jones, Portfolio Manager - 07511-164817

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