Funding opportunities

Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office Gas theme PhD call open

The Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office (RWM RSO) is requesting applications to two PhD research topics in the Gas Generation, Migration and Reactivity theme. The scheme will provide funding to UK academic institutions for 4 year PhD projects that directly support RWM’s mission to deliver a UK Geological Disposal Facility.

The aim of the RWM RSO PhD programme is to develop a portfolio of people and research projects focused on key research priorities in line with RWM’s Science and Technology Plan. In addition, the RWM RSO PhD programme will train the next generation of geological disposal scientists, engineers and other researchers, and expand all aspects of the geological disposal research community throughout the UK.

For this Gas topic Call, RWM wishes to receive applications for PhD projects related to two specific project briefs:

  • Project 1: Microbial gas consumption processes in the GDF safety case for Low Heat Generating Wastes
  • Project 2: Managing LHGW-derived gas via innovative Engineered Barrier System (EBS) materials

The two PhD research topics in the Gas Generation, Migration and Reactivity theme will run in parallel with the RWM RSO PhD studentship scheme, as such we are looking for projects that will start in October 2021. Students funded by RWM through the RSO have access to a growing geological disposal research community, training, and networking opportunities. Each project proposal is expected to have total cost of less than £120,000 and, where possible, RWM is seeking co-funding from universities or third parties (either anticipated or confirmed) and/or in-kind contributions for these two studentships. Universities and research groups that have not previously received funding from RWM are particularly encouraged to apply. The contractual arrangements for the PhD studentships will be administered by RWM.

RWM, via the RSO, aims to establish a research consortium focussed on gas generation, migration and reactivity. These two PhD projects mark the start of this consortium, which will aim to encourage focussed collaboration and communication between different areas of research expertise and provide the opportunity to link academic capability with RWM’s research priorities in this area over the next 5 years.

Proposals must be submitted using the application form available below and e-mailed to rso-gdf@manchester.ac.uk by 12:00 on Friday 5th March.

Further information regarding the scheme and the application process can be found in the scope and evaluation criteria document. All clarification questions (including commercial, technical, and terms and conditions) should be sent to rso-gdf@manchester.ac.uk by Wednesday the 17th February 2021.

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RSO Gas theme PhD Application form

RSO Gas topic PhD scope and evaluation criteria

RWM template grant agreement Gas studies