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Department of Energy Awards Over $66 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

June 14, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding over $66 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states. In total, 86 projects were selected to receive funding that will help advance innovative nuclear technologies. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs. a number of nuclear technology developers will receive access to unique research capabilities and other assistance consistent with the goals and objectives of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

Through NEUP, DOE is awarding more than $31 million for 32 university-led nuclear research and development projects, $11 million for 3 Integrated Research Projects. Nineteen universities will receive approximately $6 million for research reactor and infrastructure improvements providing important safety, performance, and student education-related upgrades to a portion of the nation's 25 university research reactors as well as enhancing university research and training infrastructure.

DOE is also awarding nearly $6 million to support 6 nuclear energy research and development projects through the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program.

Additionally, DOE has selected five university, four national laboratory, and five industry-led project that will take advantage of NSUF capabilities to investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. DOE will support 6 of these projects with a total of $2.3 million in research funds, and all 14 of these projects will be supported by over $10 million in facility access costs and expertise for experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing, post-irradiation examination facilities, synchrotron beamline capabilities, and technical assistance for design and analysis of experiments through the NSUF.

Research and Development Awards

Integrated Research Project Awards

NEET Awards

NSUF Awards

Infrastructure Awards

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