UK-India Civil Nuclear Collaboration Phase 4: Expression of Interest for Workshop

The RCUK Energy Programme invites expressions of interest from those willing to attend a workshop to develop UK-India civil nuclear research programmes.

Background

As part of the ongoing collaboration between the RCUK Energy Programme and India's Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), a delegation of UK researchers will be invited to Mumbai, India between 27-28 April 2017 to develop new joint research programmes focussed on the following topics:

  1. Waste management
  2. New nuclear systems including plant design, materials and advanced manufacturing.
  3. Life extension of existing plants, including life assessment and structural integrity.
  4. Advanced nuclear energy systems for resilience and safety.

The UK delegation should be representative of the nuclear community working within these topic areas.

The Indian delegation will represent a number of DAE institutes including the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research. This activity capitalises on the success of three phases of UK-India civil nuclear research programmes which has been characterised by shared use of facilities and exchange of postdoctoral researchers.

This workshop will seek to build on the experience of those involved in the current collaborative projects while widening participation to new participants, including those at an early stage in their academic career in order to build strong links for the future. We are hoping to obtain an equal balance between existing UK collaborators and are keen to encourage new participants who have not already been involved in the UK-India Nuclear collaboration in phases 1-3 to apply.

Due to the limited opportunities for such close interaction between UK and Indian researchers, this workshop will be by invitation only and thus will be tightly focussed with an emphasis on networking and idea creation, resulting in the development of outline proposals. Assessment will take place at the end of the meeting and successful investigators will be asked to write up full proposals after the event. Invited proposals will then undergo a formal peer review process.

The workshop will begin at 09.00 on the morning of 27 April, so please plan for travel and an overnight stay on 26 April. Accommodation and food will be provided for all UK delegates. Current UK-India grant holders will be expected to pay their own travel and visa costs. Non-grant holders will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses.