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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​FY 2024 Infrastructure Awards

​​Eighteen university-led projects will receive more than $5.2 million for research and infrastructure improvements, providing important safety, performance, and student education-related upgrades to a portion of the nation's 25 university reactors, as well as enhancing university research and training infrastructure. 

A full list of infrastructure recipients is listed below. 

​​FY 2024 Infrastructure Awards
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$290,875.00
Massachusetts Institute of Technology will provide $40,875 cost share to acquire a state-of-the-art spark plasma sintering (SPS) set up to enhance educational and research capabilities in high throughput nuclear fuels, sensor materials, cladding materials, and reactor structural materials fabrication. Total estimated project cost $331,750.
Purdue UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$299,869.00
Purdue University will provide $49,869 cost share to acquire an automated, high-throughput serial sectioning instrument for three-dimensional characterization of nuclear fuels, materials, and sensors. Total estimated projected cost $349,738.
University of Central FloridaInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$249,970.00
Objective of the proposal is to develop an advanced capability for simulating and studying extreme environments with elevated radiation dose and high temperature conditions similar to that in nuclear facilities.
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$263,806.00
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will provide $13,806 cost share for the development of High Temperature Environmental Testing Facilities for Advanced Reactor Materials Research. Total estimated project cost $277,612.
University of MichiganInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$409,826.00
University of Michigan will provide $159,826 cost share to acquire and deploy a new high current helium ion source and corresponding beamline components at the Michigan Ion Beam Laboratory (MIBL) to form a new high current, high energy helium beamline to enable nuclear materials studies including in-situ helium effects in stressed specimen configurations.
University of Nevada, RenoInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$292,085.00
University of Nevada, Reno will provide $42,085 cost share to purchase an easyXFAS system, a high resolution, hard X-ray monochromator for X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements. This instrument provides signal strengths approaching those from synchrotron-based XAS systems, and would enable easy analysis of radioactive samples and rapid iterations on experiments. Up to 33% of the time will be dedicated for external users. Innovative laboratory modules will be created showcasing the use of the facility. Total estimated project cost $334,170.
University of Notre DameInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$247,056.00
Project will add facilities at Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory for the handling of radioactive samples.
University of Wisconsin-MadisonInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$339,671.00
University of Wisconsin-Madison will provide $89,671 cost share and will establish two novel testing stations coupled to the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-M) Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL)’s 1.7 MV Tandem accelerator. Total estimated project cost $429,342.
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$235,908.00
Virginia Commonwealth University will develop a novel optical spectroscopy system to strengthen and enhance research & teaching capabilities for material characterization & analysis of advanced nuclear fuel and waste.
Washington State UniversityInfrastructureGeneral Scientific Infrastructure$266,063.00
Washington State University will provide $16,064 cost share to enhance their nuclear science and radiochemistry research and education infrastructure with the purchase and installation of 1) a liquid scintillation counter with an alpha-beta separation package and 2) a mobile gamma spectrometer capable of measuring low energy gamma-rays (< 100 keV) and can be readily transported to teaching and research labs. Total estimated project cost $282,127.
Kansas State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$175,153.00
The KSU TRIGA Mark II Research Reactor will replace and upgrade cooling system components to increase operational reliability.
Pennsylvania State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$177,409.00
Project is a set of infrastructure upgrades focused on improving utilization, reliability, and safety at the PSU Breazeale Reactor. Included in the project are a new console uninterruptible power supply, an ultrapure water source for radiochemistry, a digital signal analyzer for the emergency operations center HPGe detector, a new ion exchange vessel for the primary water system, and new in-core and beamline detectors for the rapid and repeatable measurement of neutron flux.
Rhode Island Nuclear Science CenterInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$124,615.00
The proposed project is to acquire a complete, new gamma spectroscopy system.
University of Massachusetts, LowellInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$598,075.00
The University of Massachusetts Lowell Research Reactor (UMLRR) will replace the 2 existing Linear Power monitoring Safety Channels amplifiers.
University of Missouri, ColumbiaInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$378,255.00
Proposal is to acquire hardware and software necessary to upgrade the MU Research Reactor’s facility access control system to a more secure system to maintain facility protection and to meet increased demands from faculty and student researchers authorized to use various areas of the MURR facility.
University of New MexicoInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$437,995.00
The proposed effort will replace aging and degraded hardware in the UNM AGN-201M nuclear reactor, including original power supplies and reactor safety logic systems, improving reactor safety and reliability.
University of UtahInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$96,440.00
The objective of this proposal is to increase operational reliability for UUTR operations by providing redundancy for aging equipment necessary for reactor operation.
Washington State UniversityInfrastructureReactor Upgrades$365,195.00
Projects aim to replace the 62-year old obsolete overhead crane and add an underwater pool illumination system. Both are used in support of reactor maintenance, fuel inspections and movement, teaching, training, and research activities at the WSU Nuclear Science Center 1 MW TRIGA reactor.
​​*Actual project funding will be established during the award negotiation phase​