|Oregon State University||Infrastructure||Major Reactor Upgrades||$1,495,000|
Oregon State will upgrade its research reactor’s annular reflector
assembly, which reflects neutrons back into the reactor core to burn the
fuel more evenly. The award will also fund instrumentation, control and
monitoring upgrades, bolstering the university’s ability to conduct
cutting-edge nuclear energy research in a safe environment. The
Department’s award for this project is $1,645,000.
|University of Massachusetts, Lowell||Infrastructure||Major Reactor Upgrades||$678,300|
Researchers will use $678,300 to replace equipment to monitor reactor
power levels as well as radiation detectors to assess emissions for NRC
and EPA regulatory compliance.
|University of Missouri||Infrastructure||Minor Reactor Upgrades||$200,000|
The University of Missouri will use $200,000 of federal funds with
$599,814 of matching funds to change out the reactor reflector to
maintain operability. Changing out the reflector will enable the
reactor core to burn fuel more evenly.
|University of Wisconsin||Infrastructure||Minor Reactor Upgrades||$149,268|
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin will use $149,268 in grant
money to purchase water purification equipment to facilitate the
replacement of an existing steam system in order to reduce maintenance
costs and increase reactor availability, modernize water level sensing
and control equipment, upgrade reactor instrumentation and control
modules, and improve radiation monitoring systems.
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Infrastructure||Minor Reactor Upgrades||$147,950|
MIT will provide nearly $50,000 of funds in addition to $147,950 of
federal funds to replace the detectors that are used in the MIT Research
Reactor nuclear safety system. These detectors will improve safety as
well as the operational reliability of the reactor.
|The Ohio State University||Infrastructure||Minor Reactor Upgrades||$150,000|
The Ohio State University will use $150,000 of federal funds to enhance
safety systems of their research reactor. The upgrades will help ensure
the long-term viability of the reactor and facility.
|Missouri University of Science and Technology||Infrastructure||Minor Reactor Upgrades||$200,000|
Researchers and staff will use $200,000 of federal funds and $50,000 of
matching funds to implement an internet-driven distance learning program
to enhance outreach efforts and make the reactor available to other
institutions of higher education as well as provide real-time remote
tours to high school students. The project is a collaborative effort
with the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, University of
Tennessee at Knoxville, and Tuskegee University.
|Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center||Infrastructure||Minor Reactor Upgrades||$150,000|
Researchers will use $150,000 to upgrade the instrumentation and control
systems of the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center reactor.
|Idaho State University||Infrastructure||Minor Reactor Upgrades||$150,000|
Researchers will use $150,000 to create a unique system for testing the
power and neutron production capabilities of next generation nuclear
power plants. The equipment benefits several educational programs
including nuclear engineering, physics, and health physics.
|Clemson University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$170,585|
Researchers at Clemson University will use $170,585 of federal funds to
develop new analytical capabilities to measure fundamental heat flow
properties to support advanced fuel cycle chemistry. This information is
important in the study of storage and disposition for reactor fuel.
|University of Illinois||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$125,000|
Grant money will be used to upgrade materials testing equipment to study
aging of nuclear fuel cladding under extreme environment conditions.
The equipment will support the research and education missions of the
Department of Energy. Federal funding is $125,000.
|University of Michigan||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$300,000|
This project upgrades equipment to conduct radiation damage studies of
materials to enhance design of new materials as well as predict
limitations of existing materials. Federal funding of $300,000 will be
augmented by $600,000 of cost match.
|Lakeshore Technical College||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$147,300|
Lakeshore Technical College will use $147,300 of federal funds to
purchase laboratory equipment necessary to provide instruction in
established competencies designed to ensure the quality of the entry
level workforce and support the transition of knowledge from near
retirement workforce to the next generation of Nuclear Technicians.
|University of Wisconsin||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$292,756|
Researchers will use funds to purchase a new detection system for a
scanning electron microscope, upgrade the control systems of a particle
accelerator, and upgrade testing, monitoring, and control systems of key
university facilities to further their education and research
activities. Federal funding of $292,756 is cost matched by $50,000 from
|University of Tennessee||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$249,994|
The University of Tennessee will use $249,994 of federal funds to
develop new facilities and techniques to study irradiation of
materials. The project will develop fundamental understanding or
irradiated materials, test new materials under extreme conditions, and
validate materials performance models.
|The Ohio State University||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$196,680|
The Ohio State University will use $196,680 of federal funds in addition
to $50,000 of cost match to develop new neutron detection techniques,
develop a nuclear power plant simulator, and optical fiber performance
characterization under intense reactor irradiation at high temperature
|University of Utah||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$197,777|
Researchers at the University of Utah will use $197,777 of federal
funding to purchase laboratory equipment to provide higher quality
hands-on education and training for aspiring nuclear engineers,
scientists, and policy-makers in graduate and undergraduate studies.
|Colorado School of Mines||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$64,738|
The Colorado School of Mines will use $64,738 of federal funds to
upgrade a transmission electron microscope with a digital imaging system
for the Nuclear Science and Engineering Laboratory.
|Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$200,000|
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will use $200,000 of
federal funds to purchase equipment and instrumentation to aid in the
fabrication and design of new nuclear materials, and purchase computing
workstations to support advanced scientific computing in nuclear
|University of Nevada, Reno||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$298,129|
The university will use grant money to establish a materials testing and
evaluation facility at the University of Nevada, Reno. This nearly
$300,000 award will be augmented by almost $50,000 in cost share funds
from the university.
|Midlands Technical College||Infrastructure||General Scientific Infrastructure||$123,000|
Midlands Technical College will use $123,000 to provide equipment for
student education in nuclear operations and nuclear chemistry.