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July 22, 2019

Registration is open for the FY 2020 CINR FOA Webinar. DOE-NE anticipates discussing FY 2020 NEUP, R&D, NEUP IRP, NEET, and applicable NSUF workscopes. New aspects of DOE-NE's consolidated FOAs will also be discussed.

When: August 6-8, 2019

Tuesday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Wednesday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Thursday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

 

Register here.

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7/22/2019 12:00 AM
  
July 11, 2019

Save the date for the FY 2020 CINR FOA webinar on August 6-8, 2019. DOE-NE anticipates discussing FY 2020 NEUP R&D, NEUP IRP, NEET, and applicable NSUF workscopes. New aspects of DOE-NE's consolidated FOAs will also be discussed. Registration will be available the week of July 22nd.

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7/11/2019 12:00 AM
  
June 27, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $49.3 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards for 58 advanced nuclear technology projects in 25 states. The awards fall under DOE's nuclear energy programs called the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) program, and crosscutting research projects.

"DOE is looking to the future, and that's why we are investing in advanced nuclear technologies. Nuclear energy is a critical part of our all-of-the-above energy strategy, and early-stage research can help ensure it will continue to be a clean, reliable, and resilient source of electricity for a long time to come," said Ed McGinnis, DOE's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy.

Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP)

DOE is awarding more than $28.5 million through its Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) to support 40 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects in 23 states. NEUP seeks to maintain U.S. leadership in nuclear research across the country by providing top science and engineering faculty and their students with opportunities to develop innovative technologies and solutions for civil nuclear capabilities.

Additionally, seven university-led projects will receive more than $1.6 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.

Crosscutting Research Projects

Five research and developmet projects led by DOE national laboratories and U.S. universities will receive $4.5 million in funding. Together, they will conduct research to address crosscutting nuclear energy challenges that will help to develop advanced sensors and instrumentation, advanced manufacturing methods, and materials for multiple nuclear reactor plant and fuel applications.

Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)

DOE has selected two university-, one national laboratory- and three industry-led projects that will take advantage of NSUF capabilities to investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. DOE will support three of these projects with a total of $1.5 million in research funds. All six of these projects will be supported by more than $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 NSUF. In addition, two of the abovementioned NEUP R&D projects will be supported with $3 million in NSUF access funds.

With this year's awards, the Office of Nuclear Energy has now awarded more than $678 million to continue American leadership in clean energy innovation and to train the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists through its university programs since 2009. Visit Energy.gov for information on all of DOE's efforts to continue American leadership in low-carbon nuclear energy innovation.

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6/27/2019 12:00 AM
  
March 4, 2019

Through the Integrated University Program, the U.S. Department of Energy is awarding more than $5 million for 45 undergraduate scholarships and 33 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 $44 million to students pursuing nuclear energy-related degrees. 

FY18 Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

Complete DOE-NE Press Release 

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3/4/2019 12:00 AM
  
February 19, 2019

The Idaho National Laboratory is calling for applications in support of DOE's Versatile Test Reactor project.  The solicitation includes scope that is consistent with the recently rescinded Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001913 scope for IRP-NEAMS-1.  A copy of the solicitation is available at: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=7bac15d76f2354501369b9b8e1a99938&tab=core&_cview=0

Interested applicants should contact the respective technical point of contact (TPOC) found in the call (Appendix A), or vtr@inl.gov.

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2/19/2019 12:00 AM
  
February 5, 2019

DOE has released Amendment No. 02 to the FY19 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA (DE-FOA-0001913). The following changes are incorporated with the amendment:

The following changes were incorporated with Amendment 0002:

  • Title of NEET-2 workscope changed to "Advanced Sensor and Instrumentation Technology (NEET-2)".
  • POC changes for workscopes RC-9.1, and 9.2, NE-2 and MS-NE-3.
  • Clarify that NSUF workscopes can be for a 7-year duration.
  • Figure E-1. Process for NSUF Applications updated on Page 107.
  • FC-1.1, FC-2.2, FC-5, FC-6, MS-FC-1, IRP-NE-1, IRP-NEAMS-1, and IRP-FC-1 have been removed from the funding opportunity announcement.
  • The R&D funding estimate in Part II, Section B has changed to $36 million
  • The R&D estimated number of projects in Part II, Section D.1 has changed to 45.
  • References to IRPs have been removed.
  • Clarification that the Initial Statement of Work and Final Statement of Work are not shared with technical peer reviewers.

Click here for the amended FOA.


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2/5/2019 1:00 PM
  
January 28, 2019

​The Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce that it has consolidated its research portfolio to ensure that its investments are fully aligned with its highest priorities supporting the accelerated development of critical advanced reactor technology in the United States (U.S.). To meet these priorities, DOE will provide an estimated $36 million to fund the broadest possible range of U.S. university-led research projects in response to the technical work scopes defined in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that was issued on September 10, 2018.

Specifically, to effectively execute its mission by employing technical partnerships with U.S. universities to the maximum extent possible, the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) anticipates applying all of this approximately $36 million to fund an estimated total of 45-50 university-led, $1,000,000 and $800,000 program-supporting projects and $400,000 mission-supporting projects to execute the majority of work scopes defined in Appendices A and B of the CINR FOA. In support of this consolidation, NE will not pursue projects in FY 2019 for the following CINR FOA work scopes: Fuel Cycle (FC)-1.1, FC-2.2, FC-5, FC-6, and MS-FC-1, Integrated Research Projects (IRP)-NE-1, IRP-NEAMS-1, and IRP-FC-1. Further, to maximize its research investment in FY 2019, the Department will apply most of the funds previously-planned for the companion FY 2019 Scientific Infrastructure Support FOA (General Scientific Infrastructure and Reactor Upgrades) to CINR FOA research project awards.

In addition to its $36 million, university-led research investment, the Department will also make approximately $5 million in student scholarship and fellowship awards in FY 2019 under the Integrated University Program, as well as provide the university community with up to $9 million in support for the 25 United States University Research Reactors via the NE Research Reactor Infrastructure program.

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