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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 (INSC), 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. 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 were due on November 29, 2023.

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

INSC Webinar Series

Nuclear Energy University Program, in partnership with American Nuclear Society, is happy to present part three of the Innovations Student Competition Webinar Series. This series features presentations from student awardees of the Innovations in Nuclear Energy Research & Development Student Competition (INSC). Each student will present their research and hold a question and answer session. The first two webinars have been held and the third in the series will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 12pm MT.


Innovations Student Competition Webinar Series: Part 2 features

  • "Measurement of a radial flow profile with eddy current flow meters and deep neural networks," by Grayson Gall
  • "Using artificial intelligence to detect human errors in nuclear power plants: A casein operation and maintenance," by Ezgi Gursel

Please support these students and learn more about their award-winning work on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 12pm MT.

Register here to attend. 

Previous Competition Awardees