Game Changers challenge: Measurement of evolved gases from radioactive samples
Sellafield Ltd seeks to identify more accurate, efficient and effective techniques and technologies to identify impurities in solid or mixed matrix radioactive samples.
Feasibility funding of up to £10,000 for initial exploration of ideas (100% funded). Proof of Concept (PoC) funding is awarded on a match‐funded basis (up to 70% funded for businesses, can be 100% for non-profits), generally £30k-£60k for a 6-12 months project.
Innovate UK KTN is supporting FIS360 in the promotion of the Game Changers innovation programme, which finds solutions for complex nuclear industry challenges. This particular challenge for Sellafield Ltd is to identify more accurate, efficient and effective techniques and technologies to identify impurities in solid or mixed matrix radioactive samples. Typical samples, often in powder form, include plutonium and uranium oxide, with small quantities of impurities-less than 400 μg per gram.
The evolved species to be measured and quantified where they exist in the sample include water, chlorine and other halides, carbon (as CO and CO2), tritium, carbon-14 and other species most likely to be in solid form. Any solution must be robust and maintainable and should avoid techniques that create radioactive waste. Ideally, solutions should be able to measure more than one sample in a run. The measurement technology may be deployed directly or could be placed outside containment.
A challenge webinar will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday 10th October 2023 where delegates will have the chance to hear directly from the challenge owners and ask questions. Attendance is free: click here to register via Eventbrite.
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 24th October 2023.
Eligibility: Any organisation of any size can apply for funding through Game Changers including SMEs, Higher Education Institutions, Research and Technology Organisations and public bodies. Companies who apply for funding must be registered with Companies House. International organisations can also apply for funding. Certain exemptions may apply depending on the nature of the challenge.
More information and a detailed challenge statement can be found on the Game Changers website at the link below.