Sellafield Ltd face substantial costs from maintaining facilities which quicker (and safer) innovative decommissioning can reduce.

Planned decommissioning activities carry a large risk to cost and schedule due to the uncertainty of future operations. By providing robust, tested solutions, the decommissioning risk can be reduced, providing savings against the baseline plan.

The Game Changers Innovation Programme is your chance to bring your innovative ideas and technologies to the UK’s largest decommissioning cluster.

Game Changers could be technologies and methods which are already used in other industries and sectors (oil and gas, pharmaceutical, bio-engineering for example) which have the potential to be developed for use in the nuclear arena.

Working in collaboration with Sellafield Ltd., Game Changers have funding for proposals to support development of these technologies. We want proposals which clearly articulate the innovative technology development needed to meet Sellafield’s decommissioning challenges.

The Game Changers Innovation Programme is open to anyone who can help make a tangible impact on decommissioning – from individuals, universities, SMEs to larger organisations; wherever they are located.

We appreciate that even at early concept stage, your ideas and time has a value; that’s why you will receive a grant to articulate your idea with commercialisation support from FIS360 and access to NNL expertise, facilities and staff at Sellafield.

If your application is successful, additional Proof of Concept funding is available for further development through a nuclear technology innovation fund, also sponsored by Sellafield Ltd.

All intellectual property rights stay with the proposer: neither Sellafield Ltd. nor any of the Game Changers delivery partners have any IP rights over your ideas and a non-disclosure agreement is provided, pre-signed, up front to this effect.

We want proposals which clearly articulate the innovative technology development needed to meet Sellafield’s decommissioning challenges.

Sellafield and the Game Changers Innovation Programme want to reach out for innovation from all sectors – especially those that don't have a specific knowledge of the nuclear industry – to have a fresh perspective and to challenge us with new ways to address our most pressing challenges.

The decommissioning of Sellafield – the NDA's number one priority programme – is one of the greatest scientific and engineering challenges facing the UK.

Adrian Simper, NDA Strategy and Technology Director

The challenge is not only to complete the mission safely and securely, but also to accelerate progress and reduce costs in order to deliver maximum for the taxpayer. We can only achieve this if we embrace innovation from other industries and open the site up to new ideas and ways of thinking that challenge the orthodoxy.

Adrian Simper, NDA Strategy and Technology Director