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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2016 Environmental Management Awards

The Energy Department is awarding over $5.7 million for 2 Integrated Research Projects (IRPs) that will deliver solutions to high priority environmental management research challenges and robotics. 

IRP award recipients are listed below.

FY 2016 EM Integrated Research Projects
Title Lead University


Funding Amount* Project Description
​​NEUP Project 16-10915: Development of Mobile Manipulation and Survey System for H-Canyon and other Applications across the DOE Complex

University of Texas at Austin


Researchers will develop and deliver a mobile manipulation and survey system capable of meeting the requirements necessary to properly inspect and survey the H-Canyon air ventilation tunnels at Savannah River Site.

NEUP Project 16-11000: Localized Imaging, Surveying and Mapping for Nuclearized Underwater Robots

Carnegie Mellon University


This initiative develops, demonstrates and infuses a leap of sensing, robotics, spatial positioning and visualization capability into underwater nuclear operations. The project will develop and demonstrate a prototype robotic system to maneuver in a basin, obtain hi-resolution color video, perform SLAM, map radiation, deploy NDE sensing, and integrate/correlate data for analysis, visualization and simulation.
Total  $5,761,589  

The Energy Department is also awarding a collaborative project between U.S. and Japanese institutions to address issues surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The Japenese will be awarding up to $525,000 to the collaborating Japenese contingent. ​

FY 2016 EM R&D Projects
Title Lead University


Funding Amount* Project Description
​​NEUP Project 16-12043: Using Radioiodine Speciation to Address Environmental Remediation and Waste Stream Sequestration Problems at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and a DOE Site ​

Texas A&M University


This U.S.-Japanese collaborative project could not be completed by a scientist from either individual country. Unique capabilities from each country will be used to address complementary needs for the overall DOE-EM cleanup mission and accelerated decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP).​

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