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July 28, 2021

​Save the date for the FY 2022 CINR FOA webinar on August 9-12, 2021. DOE-NE anticipates discussing FY 2022 NEUP R&D, NEUP IRP, NEET, DOE-NE's Distinguished Early Career Program, the Integrated University Program, the Scientific Infrastructure funding opportunity and applicable NSUF workscopes. New aspects of DOE-NE's consolidated FOAs will also be discussed. Registration will be available the week of August 2nd.​

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June 22, 2021

​Funding Supports University Faculty and Student Projects to Improve Resiliency and Development of Carbon-Free Nuclear Power

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $61 million in funding awards for 99 advanced nuclear energy technology projects in 30 states and a U.S. territory. The projects, $58 million of which will go to U.S. universities, will focus on nuclear energy research, cross-discipline technology development, and nuclear reactor infrastructure to bolster the resiliency and use of America's largest domestic source of carbon-free energy. It will also help to meet the Biden-Harris Administration's ambitious goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035, and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Nuclear power is critical to America's clean energy future and we are committed to making it a more accessible, affordable and resilient energy solution for communities across the country," said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “At DOE we're not only investing in the country's current nuclear fleet, but we're also investing in the scientists and engineers who are developing and deploying the next generation of advanced nuclear technologies that will slash the amount of carbon pollution, create good-paying energy jobs, and realize our carbon-free goals."

Nuclear power provides a fifth of America's overall electricity and more than half of our zero-emissions energy, making it a key part of our clean energy future. To realize nuclear's full potential, more research and development is needed to ensure the creation and operation of cost-effective nuclear power and to establish new methods for securely transporting, storing and disposing of spent nuclear fuel waste. 

The awards are managed through DOE's nuclear energy programs – the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET), and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). The selected awardees will: 

Enhance America's Nuclear Energy Infrastructure and Increase the Safety of Nuclear Waste Storage — The work developed through NEUP awards supports a wide array of students and faculty across the nation who are conducting outstanding, cutting-edge research and strengthens university training structures. Through the NEUP awards, 69 university-led projects across 27 states will receive $48.8 million in DOE funding to develop innovative solutions for increasing the nation's nuclear energy capabilities, including novel methods for isolating, immobilizing and storing nuclear waste.

Additionally, 24 university-led projects will receive $5.9 million for research aimed at improving nuclear reactor infrastructure and providing crucial safety and performance upgrades to a portion of the nation's 25 university research reactors.

Improve Resiliency of Nuclear Reactor Facilities — Four projects awarded through NEET and NSUF – and separately housed at Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, GE Research and DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory – will develop advanced materials, manufacturing, and digital instrumentation technologies to support advanced nuclear reactors, and to investigate the application of nuclear fuel and materials. These projects will receive $3.2 million in funding, and will be supported by approximately $3.9 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.

With these awards, DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy has now awarded more than $863 million to continue American leadership in clean energy innovation and to train the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists through its competitive opportunities since 2009.

​Please visit the Office of Nuclear Energy's website for information on all of DOE's efforts to continue American leadership in low-carbon nuclear energy innovation.

 


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April 9, 2021

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $5 million in scholarships and fellowships for students across the country pursuing degrees in nuclear energy and engineering. These awards through the Office of Nuclear Energy's Integrated University Program will invest in the next generation of nuclear energy leaders, so that they can develop innovative solutions to today's challenges and help America meet the Biden Administration's ambitious goals of 100% clean electricity by 2035, and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Nuclear is going to play a critical role in America's clean energy future, which means it's more important than ever that we invest in this braintrust," said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “Today's whip-smart students are going to power tomorrow's cutting-edge solutions, and I can't wait to see where they take us."

Nuclear power is one of the most reliable sources of energy in America, and the largest domestic source of clean energy—providing 52% of the nation's carbon-free electricity in 2020, and about a fifth of U.S. electricity overall. More research and development in technologies like advanced nuclear reactors and fuels will help America realize nuclear's full potential to meet its energy, environmental, and economic needs—all made possible by a strong pipeline of nuclear energy and engineering students.

The awards announced today include 50 undergraduate scholarships and 31 graduate fellowships, for students at 36 colleges and universities in 23 states. Each undergraduate scholarship provides $7,500 to help cover education costs for the upcoming year, while the three-year graduate fellowship provides $52,000 each year to help pay for graduate studies and research. Fellowships also include $5,000 to fund an internship at a DOE National Laboratory or other approved research facility to strengthen the ties between students and DOE's energy research programs.

Since 2009, the Integrated University Program has awarded nearly 850 scholarships and fellowships, totaling approximately $50 million in awards. Eight former fellowship winners are now university professors engaged in nuclear energy-related research, and one was competitively awarded an Office of Nuclear Energy research and development award in FY 2020. 

Find additional information about DOE's nuclear energy scholarships and fellowships awarded at: https://neup.inl.gov/SitePages/FY20_SF_Recipients.aspx


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January 27, 2021

​Are you a PhD student?

Was your PhD research related to Gen IV Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems?

Can you explain your research in three minutes?

Find out more here: https://www.gen-4.org/gif/jcms/c_173183/pitch-your-generation-iv-research-competition​​​

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October 22, 2020

​DOE has released amendments for the FY 2021 Infrastructure FOA with additional information about proposal submittal instructions.

FY 2021 Scientific Infrastructure for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA (DE-FOA-0002362, Amendment 001)

Applications are due November 12, 2020.

Due to policy changes, passwords to existing accounts must be reset. To reset your password, use the 'Forgot Password' link on the proposal site. If this is unsuccessful, please contact neup@inl.gov for a password reset.New passwords must meet the following minimum standards:

  1. Minimum length 8 characters
  2. Must contain at least two numbers
  3. Must contain at least one lowercase character
  4. Must contain at least one uppercase character
  5. Must contain at least one special character (-+_!@#$%^&*.,?~)

 
Updated support materials for the FOA are available at neup.gov.


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