The Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce that it has consolidated its research portfolio to ensure that its investments are fully aligned with its highest priorities supporting the accelerated development of critical advanced reactor technology in the United States (U.S.). To meet these priorities, DOE will provide an estimated $36 million to fund the broadest possible range of U.S. university-led research projects in response to the technical work scopes defined in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that was issued on September 10, 2018.
Specifically, to effectively execute its mission by employing technical partnerships with U.S. universities to the maximum extent possible, the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) anticipates applying all of this approximately $36 million to fund an estimated total of 45-50 university-led, $1,000,000 and $800,000 program-supporting projects and $400,000 mission-supporting projects to execute the majority of work scopes defined in Appendices A and B of the CINR FOA. In support of this consolidation, NE will not pursue projects in FY 2019 for the following CINR FOA work scopes: Fuel Cycle (FC)-1.1, FC-2.2, FC-5, FC-6, and MS-FC-1, Integrated Research Projects (IRP)-NE-1, IRP-NEAMS-1, and IRP-FC-1. Further, to maximize its research investment in FY 2019, the Department will apply most of the funds previously-planned for the companion FY 2019 Scientific Infrastructure Support FOA (General Scientific Infrastructure and Reactor Upgrades) to CINR FOA research project awards.
In addition to its $36 million, university-led research investment, the Department will also make approximately $5 million in student scholarship and fellowship awards in FY 2019 under the Integrated University Program, as well as provide the university community with up to $9 million in support for the 25 United States University Research Reactors via the NE Research Reactor Infrastructure program.