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​​​​​​FY 2011 Infrastructure Grants

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it is awarding $5.69 million in infrastructure grants for 21 projects at 19 U.S. universities and colleges in more than 15 states to upgrade university research reactors and purchase equipment that will enhance nuclear research and educate the next generation of nuclear scientists, engineers and technicians.

A full list of infrastructure recipients is listed below.

FY11 Nuclear Energy University Programs Awards
Oregon State UniversityInfrastructureMajor 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, LowellInfrastructureMajor 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 MissouriInfrastructureMinor 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 WisconsinInfrastructureMinor 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 TechnologyInfrastructureMinor 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 UniversityInfrastructureMinor 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 TechnologyInfrastructureMinor 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 CenterInfrastructureMinor 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 UniversityInfrastructureMinor 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 UniversityInfrastructureGeneral 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 IllinoisInfrastructureGeneral 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 MichiganInfrastructureGeneral 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 CollegeInfrastructureGeneral 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 WisconsinInfrastructureGeneral 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 the university.

University of TennesseeInfrastructureGeneral 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 UniversityInfrastructureGeneral 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 conditions.

University of UtahInfrastructureGeneral 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 MinesInfrastructureGeneral 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 InstituteInfrastructureGeneral 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 engineering.

University of Nevada, RenoInfrastructureGeneral 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 CollegeInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$123,000

​Midlands Technical College will use $123,000 to provide equipment for student education in nuclear operations and nuclear chemistry.


*Actual project funding will be established during contract negotiation phase.