Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Storage
soluTIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories


DISTINCTIVE is a multi-disciplinary collaboration of 10 universities and 3 key industry partners from across the UK’s civil nuclear sector.

DISTINCTIVE (Decommissioning, Immobilisation and STorage solutIons for NuClear wasTe InVEntories) will link a set of 32 world-leading research projects within the broad area of nuclear waste management, decommissioning and disposal.

The challenge of decommissioning and nuclear waste management is highly complex and requires a diverse range of skills and knowledge to be brought together.  The consortium is a collaboration of ten universities and three key industry partners from across the UK.

DISTINCTIVE was formed following a call for proposals in the area of “Decommissioning, Immobilisation and Management of Nuclear Waste” from the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, and led by the Engineering and & Physical Sciences Research Council, in June 2013.  It follows on from the highly successful DIAMOND consortium, which ran from August 2008 to March 2013.

Our aim is to build a greater capacity for research and development (R&D) to underpin the strategic needs of the UK.

We will achieve this by:

  • Consolidating and expanding academic nuclear related R&D.
  • Fostering and developing collaboration with nuclear industry stakeholders.
  • Providing routes to innovative technology developments.
  • Training the next generation of UK researchers and potential employees in the sector.


Our priority is to engage with all stakeholders concerned with nuclear waste and decommissioning issues in the UK; spanning from the general public to HM Government.

If you have any questions on the topic of nuclear waste and decommissioning in the UK, would like to discuss the adoption and implementation of our research and activities, or you are interested in supporting the consortium in any way, please contact us.


  • EPSRC grant:EP/L014041/1
  • Grant value: £4.9 million
  • Academic consortium contribution: £1.2 million
  • Industry partner contribution: £2.2 million
  • Total programme value: £8.3 million
  • Academic partners: 10
  • Industry partners: 3
  • Postdoctoral research projects: 10
  • Original PhD research projects: 22
  • Associated PhD research projects: 16
  • Start date: February 2014
  • End date: February 2018 (non-cost extension granted until November 2018)

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