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April 6, 2020

​The Department of Energy has effectively banned all non-essential travel until further notice. Please ensure that any travel funded under your agreement, including local, domestic, and international, is cancelled.  If you believe the travel is essential, please contact allenar@id.doe.gov for a determination and approval, if appropriate. 

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4/6/2020 12:00 AM
  
April 2, 2020

​Several awardees have notified the Office of Nuclear Energy's (NE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) about potential delays in execution of their awards due to facility (university buildings, laboratories, industry) closures, in wake of the COVID-19 national emergency.

The DOE Policy Flash (PF) 2020-20, which is the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-20-17 entitled, "Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations," dated March 19, 2020 (https://www.energy.gov/management/downloads/pf-2020-20-covid-19-guidance-financial-assistance-actions), provides information to financial assistance award recipients clarifying several procurement-related topics, including no-cost extensions, allowability of salaries and other project activities, allowability of costs not normally chargeable to awards, and the extension of financial, performance, and other reporting requirements. Additional information on these topics is included below. 

No-Cost Extension (NCE): 

Awards that are operating in the original period of performance (FY17–FY19 awards), and are active as of March 31, 2020 and scheduled to expire on or before December 31, 2020, are eligible for an NCE.

For awards that are operating in a current NCE (FY16 CINR awards), the PF provides new guidance that allows Contracting Officer (CO) authorization to extend awards for recipients who have already utilized the one-time extension as provided in 2 CFR 200.308(d)(2), are still active as of March 31, 2020, and are scheduled to expire on or before December 31, 2020. 

Instructions on how to apply for an NCE are available here.

Allowability of Salaries and Other Project Activities:

Recipients are authorized to continue to charge salaries, stipends, and benefits to currently active DOE awards consistent with the recipient's policy of paying salaries (under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, Federal and non-Federal. Recipients are authorized to charge other costs to DOE awards that are necessary to resume activities supported by the award, consistent with applicable Federal cost principles and the benefit to the project. Recipients must not assume that supplemental funding will be available should the charging of such costs or other fees result in a shortage of funds to eventually carry out the project.

If a funding shortfall is anticipated, recipients must contact the cognizant DOE CO to address the situation. DOE will evaluate the recipient's ability to resume the project activity in the future and the appropriateness of future funding, as done under normal circumstances—based on subsequent project reports and other communications with the recipient. Recipients are required to maintain appropriate records and cost documentation as required by 2 CFR § 200.302 – Financial management and 2 CFR § 200.333 – Retention requirement of records to substantiate the charging of any salaries and other project activities costs related to interruption of operations or services.

Extension of Financial, Performance, and Other Reporting:

Recipients must inform the DOE-ID Procurement contact listed below if they require an extension for the submission of any pending periodic financial, performance, and other reports required by the terms of the award. DOE will extend the due dates for the submission of financial, performance, and other reports for up to three (3) months. Recipient periodic financial, performance, and other reporting requirements due between March 1 and August 1, 2020 can be extended up to 3 months from the date required in their awards. These reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.

If you have questions concerning an NCE, please contact Tara Haack (DOE-ID) at 208-526-1960 or haacktj@id.doe.gov or Anna Podgorney (INL-IO) at 208-526-2123 or anna.podgorney@inl.gov. For all other questions (e.g., report deadline extension, allowability of salary, and other project activities) please contact Alden Allen (DOE-ID Procurement) at 208-526-4154 or allenar@id.doe.gov.


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4/2/2020 12:00 AM
  
January 16, 2020
The Technical Point of Contact for the NSUF-1.3 scope area  “Nuclear Materials Discovery and Qualification Initiative” has been updated.  The new TPOC is Matthew Kerr.   Dr. Kerr may be reached by email at matthew.kerr@inl.gov, or phone (208) 526-1197.  The federal program manager is unchanged.
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1/16/2020 12:00 AM
  
December 9, 2019

AMENDMENT 0003: The purpose of this amendment is to:

(1)  Clarify readiness requirements for NSUF-1.3 applications with this statement: “The NSUF readiness requirements are applicable to all NSUF funded workscopes (Reference Table 1. FY 2020 Work scope Overview) with the exception of NSUF 1.3: NUCLEAR MATERIALS DISCOVERY AND QUALIFICATION INITIATIVE. Applications in the NSUF 1.3 work scope may include preliminary materials fabrication and characterization within the context of the work scope. Other than this noted exception, NSUF will not support preliminary fuels, materials or instrumentation development work, i.e. development must be at the irradiation testing stage.” On Part I, B.2.2.

- Only new applications will be considered.

- FOA eligibility restrictions apply.

(2)  Add the following statement to Part III, Section A.5: “Late Stage NSUF-1.3 applications must be new applications and cannot be resubmitted from the initial NSUF-1.3 call.”

(3)  Remove the following statement from Part I, B.2.2: “NSUF will not support preliminary fuels, materials, or instrumentation development work, i.e. development must be at irradiation testing stage.”

(4)  Add the following statement to the NSUF-1.3 workscope: “NSUF readiness requirements, reference Part 1 B.2.2, are not applicable to this work scope.”

(5)  Provide a revised schedule for late stage NSUF-1.3 applications:

- Late stage LOI due: December 13, 2019

- Late stage pre-application due: January 16, 2020

- Final SOW due: March 12, 2020

- Late stage full application due: March 26, 2020

DE-FOA-0002128 Amendment 0003


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12/9/2019 12:00 AM
  
November 25, 2019
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October 23, 2019

A new Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Program Outcomes web page is now available at NEUP.gov! This new page can be accessed by clicking on the “Program Outcomes” link located in the top menu bar.

 

The web page includes project information on NEUP-funded projects since the inception of the program in 2009. CINR success stories are located at the top and can be accessed by clicking on each photo. These and other stories are also accessible through the “Additional CINR Success Stories” drop-down menu. Articles will be released on a regular basis, so check back periodically to see what’s new!

 

An interactive U.S. map is also available on this new page. Click on the circles to bring up CINR statistics at specific institutions.  Near the bottom of the page, use the search tool to find principal investigators, organizations, and work scopes of funded projects.

 

Please take a moment to check out the newest link on the NEUP web page.

 

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