A consortium of academic and industrial experts will join forces to develop the digital technology required for a step-change in the design, fabrication, and in-service assessment of nuclear power plant components.
£2.4 million has been awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), matched by £3.4 million from EDF as the lead industrial partner. The consortium will be led by the University of Bristol in partnership with EDF, the University of Manchester, Imperial College London and the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
This five-year Prosperity Partnership, entitled Synergistic utilisation of INformatics and Data centRic Integrity engineering (SINDRI), will help to reduce the cost of future low-carbon energy generation as part of the drive to achieve a Net Zero carbon economy. Over the course of the research programme, the partnership will create seven new research roles, and incorporate eighteen PhD studentships.
In addition to the funding from EPSRC and EDF, the project has received around £2 million support from the universities and other project stakeholders, including Jacobs, National Nuclear Laboratory, United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Henry Royce Institute, and the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Prosperity Partnership Funding
Prosperity Partnerships have become EPSRC’s flagship approach to co-investing with business in long-term, use-inspired, basic research.
Since the scheme’s launch in 2017, Prosperity Partnerships have:
- anchored private investment in the UK research base
- enabled businesses to undertake riskier, long-term research in partnership with academia
- delivered new and improved products, services, or process efficiencies that build on internationally-leading research achieved in partnership.
View the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announcement of this Prosperity Partnership here.