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Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office PhD bursary call 2021

The Radioactive Waste Management Research Support Office (RWM RSO) is pleased to announce the 2021 PhD bursary call for proposals. 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. This is the second year of the RWM RSO PhD studentship scheme, which will run annually with the expectation that approximately 10-15 new projects will be started each year.

The aim of this RWM RSO PhD bursary 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, this scheme 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 the 2021 bursary call, RWM has developed project briefs in 20 research areas. These project briefs (available below) cover a range of disciplines including applied mathematics, engineering, geoscience, materials and radiochemistry. RWM is also inviting applications to the open topic, for any research project that is aligned to RWM’s Science and Technology Plan.

Each project proposal should have a total cost of less than £120,000. Projects that can offer added value will be viewed favourably, for example by identifying co-funding from universities or third parties (either anticipated or confirmed) and/or in-kind contributions. 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.

Proposals must be submitted using the application form available below and e-mailed to by 12:00 on Friday 14th January 2022. All applicants must accept the standard RWM grant terms available below.

Further information regarding the scheme and the application process can be found in the Guidance for Submission document below. Please contact within the clarification period, which ends on Thursday 16th December, if you have additional questions, including about the grant agreement and ability to meet the deadlines. All clarification questions will be answered by RWM and posted publicly on the RSO website.

RSO PhD Bursary call Application form 2021

RSO PhD Bursary call Project briefs 2021

RSO PhD Bursary call Submission guidance and assessment criteria 2021

RSO PhD Bursary call RWM Standard grant terms 2021 – updated 26/11/2021 due to minor clarification in wording

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PDRA Calls

RWM are seeking proposals for an 18 month post-doctoral research project on citizen participation in the development of major infrastructure projects and the associated community level decision making. Up to £100,000 is available for a PI at a UK university to  support a PDRA to complete research in this area.

All queries about this call should be sent to the RSO via by the 9th November, including any questions about the terms and conditions or required extensions to the deadline. The call will close on the 30th November. The application form and additional documents can be found below.

RSO Social Sciences PDRA Call Application form 2021

RSO Social Sciences PDRA Scope and evaluation criteria

RWM563 Social Sciences PDRA Grant agreement updated 5th November

Clarification log 4/10/2021 – on 4th October, following review of the timescales, RWM extended the clarification and submission dates.

Clarification log 05/11/2021 – on 5th November an error was noticed in the contract that had been uploaded with the call. Clause 6 was missing. Queries relating to eligible costs were also addressed.

Clarification log 09/11/2021 – Queries relating to eligible costs were addressed.


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