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November 9, 2023

​Students and faculty are invited to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2024 EnergyTech University Prize. This is a $400,000+ collegiate competition that challenges student teams to identify a promising energy technology, assess its market potential, and create a business plan for commercialization.  


DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy intends to sponsor a $25,000 bonus prize to students or faculty presenting business plans or educational activities related to nuclear energy technologies. 


This year's EnergyTech University Prize also features a $100,000 faculty competition. The new track challenges faculty to develop and implement educational activities to engage more students in energy technology commercialization and entrepreneurship topics.  


Ready to learn more? Join an upcoming faculty track informational webinar on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. ET to learn about the competition and ways to support as a student team mentor.  

Register to attend at 

11/9/2023 12:00 AM
October 4, 2023

​The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) announced a new Request for Applications (RFA) for the Innovations in Nuclear Energy Research and Development Student Competition, seeking to recognize and award published graduate and undergraduate students for innovative nuclear energy research.

Students may submit one or more publications and will be considered for any of the five categories in which they are eligible. Applicants may only win one competition per year.

  1. Open Competition Award of Excellence (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
  2. Competition for Graduate Students Attending Minority Serving Institutions or Belonging to a Disadvantaged Community
  3. Open Competition Special Recognition (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
  4. Competition for Undergraduate Students Attending Minority Serving Institutions or Belonging to a Disadvantaged Community
  5. Undergraduate Competition

 In addition to cash prizes, travel and conference opportunities may accompany awards. First place award recipients in the Open Competition Award of Excellence will have an opportunity to present their publication at the annual American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting as well as other national meetings.


This program was formerly known as the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D.


Applications are due by November 29, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET. Students must apply electronically here. No hard copy applications will be accepted.

FY 2024 Innovations in Nuclear Energy Student Competition RFA.

Click here for more information and learn how to apply

NE is fully committed to broadening the inclusion and contribution of communities that have been historically underserved within its programs. Students attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), or institutions located in a disadvantaged community, are highly encouraged to apply to this RFA. Information on MSIs can be found here. _____________________________________________________________________________

All information and instructions required to respond to this RFA are accessible at

10/4/2023 12:00 AM
September 14, 2023

This amendment is an administrative amendment updating the page limit for CVs from 2-pages to 3-pages; and updating any language involving work scopes, which are not applicable to Phase II Continuation CINR Full Applications.

The updated FOA can be found here.​

9/20/2023 12:00 AM
August 31, 2023

​The Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP) seeking applicants for the following opportunities:

  • Trade School and Community College Scholarship Program – provides students receiving training as nuclear energy-related technicians $5,000 toward the cost of tuition and additional expenses for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Four-year College/University Undergraduate Scholarship Program – provides students pursuing a nuclear energy-related degree $10,000 toward the cost of tuition and additional expenses for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Graduate Fellowship Program – provides $169,000 over three years to support graduate research relevant to nuclear energy and includes a summer internship at a DOE national laboratory or approved facility.

    Student applications are due on January 16, 2024 and must be submitted using the online system at NE intends to notify award recipients in spring 2024.

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FY 2023 Scholarship RFA

FY 2023 Fellowship RFA

Submit an Application

Students can apply without their institutions being UNLP-approved. However, institutions with students receiving awards will need to be UNLP-approved by NE prior to the transfer of award funds for students. This is done by the university/college through a separate Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0002265) found at For more information on how to become a UNLP-approved institution, please visit the Scholarship and Fellowship Resources page at​

8/31/2023 12:00 AM
August 31, 2023

​Amendment 001 to the FY 2024 CINR FOA includes the following changes:

• updates the page limit for CVs for IRP and R&D Full Applications from 2-pages to 3-pages

• updates the link for the 2023 MSI eligibility matrix

• updates language for the Japanese Atomic Energy Association under International Collaborations

• corrects the description in Topic Area 10 of Appendix A

The updated FOA can be found he​​re.​

8/31/2023 12:00 AM
June 22, 2023

​The Office of Nuclear Energy has released the FY 2024 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear (CINR) Research and Development (R&D) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) - DE-FOA-0003038


Submit an Application

FY 2024 Submission Deadlines

All deadlines are 5:00 pm ET as listed in the FOA.

CINR R&D  Deadline
DOE Topic Area Office Hours July 10-13, 2023
Letter of Intent (Mandatory only for NSUF-1 and NSUF-2 Applications)July 12, 2023
R&D/NSUF Pre-Applications (Mandatory except for IRPs)July 26, 2023
NSUF Preliminary Statement of WorkAugust 31, 2023
NSUF Final Statement of WorkDecember 6, 2023
Full R&D/NSUF and IRP ApplicationsDecember 20, 2023


Additional Resources:

FY 2024 Webinar Presentations

General Q&As

Nuclear Science and Engineering Sourcebook

6/22/2023 12:00 AM