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July 8, 2020

​Save the date for the FY 2021 CINR FOA webinar on the week of August 10-14, 2020. DOE-NE anticipates discussing FY 2021 NEUP R&D, NEUP IRP, NEET, and applicable NSUF workscopes. Any changes to DOE-NE's consolidated FOAs will also be discussed. Registration will be available the week of July 27, 2020.

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June 18, 2020

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $65 million in nuclear energy research, cross-cutting technology development, facility access, and infrastructure awards for 93 advanced nuclear technology projects in 28 states. The awards fall under DOE's nuclear energy programs called the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET), and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF).

"Advancing the next generation of nuclear energy is paramount to ensuring reliable, clean electricity for the American people. If we are serious about making substantial progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, then emissions-free nuclear energy must be a part of that conversation," said Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette. "The Trump Administration recognizes the importance of nuclear energy, and through these 93 projects spread across 28 different states, we remain wholly committed to revitalizing our most reliable form of energy."

"Investments in programs like these help strengthen American leadership in nuclear innovation by supporting the development of the next generation of talent," said Dr. Rita Baranwal, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. "DOE is committed to ensuring that researchers have access to cutting-edge infrastructure and lab capabilities to develop advanced nuclear technologies."

Nuclear Energy University Program ($55M)

DOE is awarding more than $38.6 million through NEUP to support 57 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects in 24 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, 21 university-led projects will receive more than $5.7 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.

The Department is also awarding $10.8 million for three Integrated Research Projects (IRPs), which address well-defined but highly complex technical issues impacting key Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) mission objectives. IRPs are multi-million dollar, three-year projects executed by university-led consortiums that typically include multiple universities, industrial and international research entities, and the unique resources of the DOE National Laboratories. IRPs comprise a significant element of DOE's innovative nuclear research objectives and illustrate NE's strategy to pursue R&D solutions most directly relevant to the near-term, significant needs of the NE R&D programs.

Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Crosscutting Research Projects ($5M)

Five research and development projects led by DOE National Laboratories and U.S. universities will receive $5 million in funding. Together, they will conduct research to address crosscutting nuclear energy challenges that will help to develop advanced sensors and instrumentation and advanced manufacturing methods for multiple nuclear reactor plant and fuel applications.

Nuclear Science User Facilities ($5M)

DOE has selected one industry, three DOE National Laboratory, and three university-led projects that will take advantage of NSUF capabilities to investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. DOE will support two of these projects with a total of $1 million in research funds. All seven of these projects will be supported by more than $2.4 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, one of the abovementioned NEUP R&D projects will be supported with $1.6 million in NSUF access funds.

With these awards, DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy has now awarded more than $800 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 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $5 million in awards through the Office of Nuclear Energy's Integrated University Program. The program offers undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students pursuing nuclear engineering degrees and other nuclear science and engineering programs relevant to nuclear energy. The awards include 42 scholarships and 34 fellowships for students at 32 U.S. colleges and universities.

"The Integrated University Program is focused on attracting the best and the brightest to nuclear energy professions," said Dr. Rita Baranwal, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. "We are continuing that effort through these awards to students who will help carry nuclear energy forward, while also enhancing educational institutions' capabilities to perform cutting-edge research, and supporting the need for qualified personnel to develop and maintain the nation's nuclear power technology."

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 U.S. national laboratory or other approved research facility to strengthen the ties between students and DOE's energy research programs.

Since 2009, DOE has awarded close to 800 scholarships and fellowships totaling approximately $44 million to students pursuing nuclear energy-related degrees. Ninety-three percent of students who have completed nuclear energy-related fellowships have either continued to advance their education in nuclear energy or have obtained careers at DOE's national laboratories, other government agencies, academic institutions, or private companies. Nine 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 2019. 

Find additional information about DOE's nuclear energy scholarships and fellowships awarded at: https://neup.inl.gov/SitePages/FY19_SF_Recipients.aspx


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4/14/2020 12:00 AM
  
April 9, 2020

DOE-NE has extended the deadline for No-Cost Time Extension (NCE) requests to May 15, 2020. Projects ending before the end of the 2020 calendar year must submit an NCE request before May 15.

Additionally, FY 2016-FY 2019 funded CINR projects will be exempted from NCE eligibility restrictions for no-cost time extensions due to COVID-19.

To submit a no-cost time extension request, please complete a No-Cost Extension Request Form, and submit to haacktj@id.doe.gov and anna.podgorney@inl.gov.

For questions regarding eligibility for current and future CINR calls, please contact Greg Bala (gregory.bala@inl.gov) or Drew Thomas (andrew.thomas@inl.gov).


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4/9/2020 12:00 AM
  
April 6, 2020

​The Department of Energy has effectively banned all non-essential travel until further notice. Please ensure that any travel funded under your agreement, including local, domestic, and international, is cancelled.  If you believe the travel is essential, please contact allenar@id.doe.gov for a determination and approval, if appropriate. 

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April 2, 2020

​Several awardees have notified the Office of Nuclear Energy's (NE) Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) about potential delays in execution of their awards due to facility (university buildings, laboratories, industry) closures, in wake of the COVID-19 national emergency.

The DOE Policy Flash (PF) 2020-20, which is the Department of Energy's (DOE) implementation of Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-20-17 entitled, "Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations," dated March 19, 2020 (https://www.energy.gov/management/downloads/pf-2020-20-covid-19-guidance-financial-assistance-actions), provides information to financial assistance award recipients clarifying several procurement-related topics, including no-cost extensions, allowability of salaries and other project activities, allowability of costs not normally chargeable to awards, and the extension of financial, performance, and other reporting requirements. Additional information on these topics is included below. 

No-Cost Extension (NCE): 

Awards that are operating in the original period of performance (FY17–FY19 awards), and are active as of March 31, 2020 and scheduled to expire on or before December 31, 2020, are eligible for an NCE.

For awards that are operating in a current NCE (FY16 CINR awards), the PF provides new guidance that allows Contracting Officer (CO) authorization to extend awards for recipients who have already utilized the one-time extension as provided in 2 CFR 200.308(d)(2), are still active as of March 31, 2020, and are scheduled to expire on or before December 31, 2020. 

Instructions on how to apply for an NCE are available here.

Allowability of Salaries and Other Project Activities:

Recipients are authorized to continue to charge salaries, stipends, and benefits to currently active DOE awards consistent with the recipient's policy of paying salaries (under unexpected or extraordinary circumstances) from all funding sources, Federal and non-Federal. Recipients are authorized to charge other costs to DOE awards that are necessary to resume activities supported by the award, consistent with applicable Federal cost principles and the benefit to the project. Recipients must not assume that supplemental funding will be available should the charging of such costs or other fees result in a shortage of funds to eventually carry out the project.

If a funding shortfall is anticipated, recipients must contact the cognizant DOE CO to address the situation. DOE will evaluate the recipient's ability to resume the project activity in the future and the appropriateness of future funding, as done under normal circumstances—based on subsequent project reports and other communications with the recipient. Recipients are required to maintain appropriate records and cost documentation as required by 2 CFR § 200.302 – Financial management and 2 CFR § 200.333 – Retention requirement of records to substantiate the charging of any salaries and other project activities costs related to interruption of operations or services.

Extension of Financial, Performance, and Other Reporting:

Recipients must inform the DOE-ID Procurement contact listed below if they require an extension for the submission of any pending periodic financial, performance, and other reports required by the terms of the award. DOE will extend the due dates for the submission of financial, performance, and other reports for up to three (3) months. Recipient periodic financial, performance, and other reporting requirements due between March 1 and August 1, 2020 can be extended up to 3 months from the date required in their awards. These reports must be submitted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award.

If you have questions concerning an NCE, please contact Tara Haack (DOE-ID) at 208-526-1960 or haacktj@id.doe.gov or Anna Podgorney (INL-IO) at 208-526-2123 or anna.podgorney@inl.gov. For all other questions (e.g., report deadline extension, allowability of salary, and other project activities) please contact Alden Allen (DOE-ID Procurement) at 208-526-4154 or allenar@id.doe.gov.


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4/2/2020 12:00 AM
  
January 16, 2020
The Technical Point of Contact for the NSUF-1.3 scope area  “Nuclear Materials Discovery and Qualification Initiative” has been updated.  The new TPOC is Matthew Kerr.   Dr. Kerr may be reached by email at matthew.kerr@inl.gov, or phone (208) 526-1197.  The federal program manager is unchanged.
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