SBRI: sort and segregate nuclear waste

100% funded SBRI competition to aid with nuclear decommissioning activities.

What's the open innovation challenge?

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is seeking to develop and autonomous and integrated toolkit to sort and segregate radioactive waste generated by nuclear decommissioning activities.

Innovations in this area will reduce the level of waste requiring disposal, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve safety.

The current call is for phase 1 of a 2-phased competition. A total of up to £600,000 has been allocated to phase 1. This is to fund feasibility contracts of up to £60,000 (inc. VAT) per project for up to 3 months.

Only successful applicants from phase 1 are eligible to apply to take part in the subsequent phase 2. This will involve up to 4 R&D contracts of up to £900,000 each for up to 15 months, in order to develop and demonstrate a full-scale prototype in a non-radioactive environment.

Full details

Find full details on the GOV.UK website


  • Competition opens: 17 August 2020
  • Briefing event: 25 August 2020
  • Competition closes: 11 November, 11am
  • Feedback: 15 January 2021
  • Applicants notified: 15 January 2021
  • Contracts awarded: 26 February 2021

Application deadline

11 November 2019 at 11am 

How to get involved

Get more details and register your interest on the GOV.UK website