The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded more than $61 million for 74 nuclear energy projects across the country. The projects will support nuclear technology development, infrastructure improvements, and career opportunities at more than 40 U.S. universities. They will also help move the nation closer toward its goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 by expanding access to nuclear energy—the nation's largest source of clean power.
The awarded funding is divided into three main buckets to support nuclear energy research efforts at U.S. universities in 29 states:
Research and Development ($53 Million): Supports 49 awards and brings collaborative teams together to solve complex problems to advance nuclear technology and understanding.
Infrastructure Improvements ($5.2 Million): Builds up scientific infrastructure and upgrades research reactors at 20 universities to expand the nation's scientific capabilities and train the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers.
Career Development ($3.1 Million): Awards five university scientists for their outstanding commitment to science and education and supports their research activities through DOE's new Distinguished Early-Career Program.
With these awards, DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded more than $931 million to advance nuclear energy research and train the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists since 2009. A full press release can be found at: https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/us-department-energy-awards-61-million-nuclear-energy-projects-us-universities-industry.
FY 2022 Nuclear Energy University Program R&D AwardsFY 2022 Integrated Research ProjectsFY 2022 Nuclear Science User Facilities AwardsFY2022 Scientific Infrastructure Awards FY 2022 Distinguished Early-Career Program Awards