Game Changers challenge: Novel separation and direct measurement technologies for radionuclides and analytes

Sellafield Ltd seeks technologies/techniques to improve analysis of radionuclides and other analytes.

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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.



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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 new and novel technologies or techniques to improve processes and techniques currently used to analyse radionuclides and other analytes.

Sellafield recognises that non-destructive techniques usually require minimal modification for nuclear operations and could deliver quicker and cheaper analysis. The specific areas of interest include:

  • Direct measurement technologies of liquids, solids and powders – where separation of species is not required and the need for chemical separation is negated. These technologies could be deployed on plants or in the laboratory inside cells or glove boxes.
  • Simple, efficient and clean separation technology – to separate species of interest from interference from other species (possibly with integrated measurement technology).
  • Microfluidic techniques and laser techniques that bring the additional advantage of low waste volume generation.

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.

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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.


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