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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2024 Reactor Sharing and Outreach Awards

The Department of Energy is awarding ​universities with existing nuclear research reactors to support the sharing of resources and facilities with educational institutions that currently do not have access to research reactors, such as K-12 schools, vocational schools, community colleges, or other colleges and universities. 

RS&O award recipients are listed below. ​

​​​​FY 2024 Reactor Sharing and Outreach Project Awards​ ​

​Lead University
​Funding Amount*
​Project Description
​Expanding the reach of Research Reactor’s nuclear education capabilities at the Ohio State University
​The Ohio State University
The Ohio State University (OSU) will expand its nuclear education capabilities, while exposing more students beyond the state of Ohio, to the research and testing at the Nuclear Reactor Laboratory (NRL), as well as the field of nuclear science and engineering. 
PUR-1 Reactor Sharing Program
​Purdue University 
​The goal of the PUR-1 reactor sharing program is to (i) provide reactor access to three universities from three different states: UIUC, Notre Dame, and VCU, (ii) host annual “Reactor Day” events, (iii) increase the number of reactor tours, (iv) establish an annual 2-day science teacher workshop in nuclear science with hands-on demos in PUR-1, and (v) develop a new 1 credit-hour in-person (with online option) certificate course on Nuclear Reactor Operation and Control.
Advancing the University of Florida Training Reactor (UFTR) as a Hub for Nuclear Education, Research, and Outreach​​​University of Florida
​The Nuclear Engineering Program within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida is offering a Reactor Sharing Program at the University of Florida Training Reactor (UFTR) to participating User Institutions (University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Florida International University, and the University of Central Florida) and K-12 organizations. The overall goal of the project is to cultivate a robust, diverse next-generation nuclear workforce through a program tailored to each participating group.

Engineering at Maryland by Providing Opportunities With Research Reactor (EMPOWRR)

​University of Maryland, College Park
​The University of Maryland Radiation Facilities (UMDRF) will increase the access to, and usage of, the facilities by students and teachers who come from traditionally underrepresented communities through our Engineering at Maryland by Providing Opportunities With Research Reactor (EMPOWRR) program. 
​Impact of Research Reactors to Education and Society: A Unique Outreach Program

​University of Texas at Austin
​Proposal is a well-integrated approach to simultaneously fast track several aspects of outreach activities in nuclear science and engineering encompassing research reactor tours to disadvantaged communities and Austin Community College, and to offer research opportunities to high school and undergraduate students. University will cost share $56,077, for a total project amount of $256,077.
Democratizing awareness and access to nuclear engineering career opportunities in the Southwest

​University of New Mexico
​The overarching goal of this proposal is to improve and democratize public awareness, educational opportunities, and understanding of nuclear science, engineering, and technology in the Southwest, particularly among underrepresented and Disadvantaged.

​Nuclear Engineering and Science Center Reactor Sharing Program​
​Texas A&M University - College Station
​Support for our on-going efforts to improve public awareness and understanding of nuclear science, engineering, and technology, increase the quantity and quality of collaborations amongst faculty and students at Texas A&M University and our partner user institutions while also strengthening the partner user institutions’ nuclear science and engineering instruction.

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