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June 14, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding over $66 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states. In total, 86 projects were selected to receive funding that will help advance innovative nuclear technologies. These awards provide funding for nuclear energy-related research through the Nuclear Energy University Program, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technology programs. a number of nuclear technology developers will receive access to unique research capabilities and other assistance consistent with the goals and objectives of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative.

Through NEUP, DOE is awarding more than $31 million for 32 university-led nuclear research and development projects, $11 million for 3 Integrated Research Projects. Nineteen universities will receive approximately $6 million for research reactor and infrastructure improvements providing important safety, performance, and student education-related upgrades to a portion of the nation's 25 university research reactors as well as enhancing university research and training infrastructure.

DOE is also awarding nearly $6 million to support 6 nuclear energy research and development projects through the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program.

Additionally, DOE has selected five university, five national laboratory, and five industry-led project that will take advantage of NSUF capabilities to investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. DOE will fund $10 million in facility access costs and expertise for experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing, post-irradiation examination facilities, synchrotron beamline capabilities, and technical assistance for design and analysis of experiments through the NSUF.

Research and Development Awards

Integrated Research Project Awards

NEET Awards

NSUF Awards

Infrastructure Awards

6/14/2017 1:00 AM
June 14, 2017

In recognition of the outstanding contribution made by Dr. Gilligan in nuclear science and engineering education, the American Nuclear Society has awarded him the Arthur Holly Compton Award. In a letter of support for the nomination, John Kotek, the Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, wrote:

"Since 2009, Dr. Gilligan has been the driving force within the nuclear energy research community to make the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) and complementary Integrated University Program (IUP) and Nuclear Energy Traineeships Program the major successes that they are today. Under Dr. Gilligan's skilled leadership and active, personal stewardship in close collaboration with federal managers, it is no understatement to say that these programs have evolved into the most successful comprehensive research and education programs within the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)."

The award was established in 1966 in honor of the late Arthur Holly Compton to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to education in nuclear science and engineering. The award is funded through an endowment by the wife of Edward Malinckrodt, Jr. and by George E. Malinckrodt, and is administered by the Education, Training, and Workforce Development Division (ETWDD).

6/14/2017 12:00 AM
May 30, 2017

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support R&D on advanced nuclear reactor technologies that enable safe, secure, and flexible energy production by nuclear fission with dramatically lower capital and operating costs. These technologies are expected to be deployed for electricity production and/or uses such as production of industrial process heat or desalination. 

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5/30/2017 12:00 AM
May 18, 2017

Through the Integrated University Program, the U.S. Department of Energy is awarding more than $5 million for 58​ undergraduate scholarships and 31 graduate fellowships to students pursuing nuclear energy-related disciplines at universities across the country. Through this program, undergraduates will receive a $7,500 scholarship, while fellowship winners will receive up to $50,000 annually over the next three years. The graduate fellowships will also include $5,000 toward a summer internship at a U.S. national laboratory or other approved facility to strengthen the ties between students and the Department’s nuclear energy research programs. The selected students will study a breadth of critical nuclear energy issues, from fuel cycle sustainability to reactor efficiency and design.

Since 2009, the Energy Department has awarded over $38 million to more than 700 students for nuclear energy-related scholarships and fellowships. 

FY 2017 Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

5/18/2017 12:00 AM
April 18, 2017

DOE-NE has released a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-SOL- 0010995) “FY 2017 University, National Laboratory, Industry and International Input on Potential Additions to the NSUF Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library.” DOE-NE, through the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF), is currently seeking information regarding 1) existing nuclear energy research materials and specimens that can, potentially, be added to the NFML, and 2) future needs for nuclear energy-related material to support ongoing nuclear energy challenges as well as future research advancements in nuclear energy.

The Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library (NFML), which is owned by DOE-NE and curated by the NSUF, is a collection of specialized information and nuclear fuel and material specimens from past and ongoing irradiation test campaigns, as well as real-world components retrieved from decommissioned power reactors, and donations from other sources. The NFML can be accessed through a web portal at the Nuclear Science User Facilities website or directly at

The RFI will be posted on and the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Responses to the RFI must be submitted through the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Detailed instructions are included in the RFI along with contact information for help with completing a submission.

The FY 2017 RFI will be open for submissions until June 30, 2017. The FY 2018 NFML RFI is planned to open in fall of 2017 and close in the summer of 2018.

Submissions Due: June 30, 2017

4/18/2017 12:00 AM
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