The Game Changers Process.

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

We appreciate that even at early concept stage, your ideas and time has a value; that’s why projects demonstrating genuine potential in-line with published challenge statements and the overriding ambitions of the wider UK nuclear decommissioning programme will be considered to receive a grant of up to £10,000 to articulate your idea with support and access to FIS360 and NNL expertise and staff at Sellafield Ltd.

If successful, additional Proof of Concept (PoC) funding is available for further development.

All intellectual property rights stay with the proposer: neither Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory 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.

Please Note: any type of organisation may make an application to the Game Changers Innovation Programme, however, businesses must hold registered company status. Applications from university departments / teams are covered by their university’s registered status.

The process has been designed to be as simple and straightforward as possible, the intention being for you to succinctly articulate your concept, technology or techniques so that they can be quickly appreciated and assessed.

The Five Stages Involved.

Stage 1: Calls for innovation are presented as challenge statements, with supporting events to help delegates learn more about the challenges Sellafield is facing.

Stage 2: Do you have an idea, technology or process which will help Sellafield? Then let us know – complete our simple application form and submit along with a poster presentation for us to assess.

Stage 3: Great news! Sellafield has reviewed your application and they like what they read. Your project is now eligible for a grant of up to £10,000.

This funding is to enable you to work with Sellafield to develop a better understanding of their requirements, so you can align your technology to best meet their needs.  Sellafield may ask you to undertake a small feasibility study, demonstrate your technology or produce small prototypes or models.

At the end of this stage you’ll be asked to produce a business case, including a Proof of Concept programme of work.  FIS360 will work with you during this iterative process to shape your business case and refine your proposal.

Stage 4: Fantastic – Sellafield like what you have to offer and want to fund you to develop your project at Proof of Concept stage, based on the programme you have developed. This stage is match funded, with Sellafield providing a percentage of the total project costs based on the size and nature of your organisation.
Stage 5: Successfully complete your Proof of Concept project and we’re in a strong position. Game Changers will engage further with Sellafield, with adoption of the technology and deployment the ultimate goal.

How to apply.

To date, over 190 applications have been made to the Game Changers Innovation Programme, all starting by submission of this simple form.

Please download the Game Changers Application Form.docx and, once completed, email to

In addition, you are also required to submit a poster presentation of your project / technology as part of your application.

Please refer to this page on our website for further information on the poster presentation requirement.

What happens next?

Upon receiving the application, the Game Changers Team shall assign a unique reference number (URN) to the application and all accompanying information. This URN shall be used in all future correspondence regarding this specific application.

We shall confirm receipt of your application and, where possible, provide an indication of timescales for decisions on the application and any financial awards to be made.