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June 17, 2022

​The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded more than $61 million for 74 nuclear energy projects across the country. The projects will support nuclear technology development, infrastructure improvements, and career opportunities at more than 40 U.S. universities. They will also help move the nation closer toward its goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 by expanding access to nuclear energy—the nation's largest source of clean power. 

The awarded funding is divided into three main buckets to support nuclear energy research efforts at U.S. universities in 29 states:  

Research and Development ($53 Million): Supports 49 awards and brings collaborative teams together to solve complex problems to advance nuclear technology and understanding. 

Infrastructure Improvements ($5.2 Million): Builds up scientific infrastructure and upgrades research reactors at 20 universities to expand the nation's scientific capabilities and train the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers. 

Career Development ($3.1 Million): Awards five university scientists for their outstanding commitment to science and education and supports their research activities through DOE's new Distinguished Early-Career Program

With these awards, DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded more than $931 million to advance nuclear energy research and train the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists since 2009. A full press release can be found at:

FY 2022 Nuclear Energy University Program R&D Awards
FY 2022 Integrated Research Projects
FY 2022 Nuclear Science User Facilities Awards
FY2022 Scientific Infrastructure Awards 
FY 2022 Distinguished Early-Career Program Awards

6/17/2022 12:00 AM
April 20, 2022

​On April 20, 2022, the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) issued Modification 002 to the Request for Information (RFI) #DE-SOL-0008246.  DOE-NE is seeking input from the nuclear energy community, including technical and community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as other Minority Serving Institutions, for its competitive Research and Development (R&D) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for universities.

DOE-NE is seeking ideas, input, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties for future competitive university-led research projects.

This input may lead to a more robust R&D program that reflects communities' ideas and could identify new creative, innovative, and transformative outcomes. 

DOE-NE also seeks input regarding the structure of the solicitation itself, including any examples of other solicitations that have been successful in utilizing university research.

The RFI is open continuously and the input for consideration in FY 2023 is due May 16, 2022.

RFI - CINR RD - DE-SOL-0008246 MOD 02.pdf

4/20/2022 12:00 AM
April 19, 2022

The Office of Nuclear Energy is seeking candidates for ORISE Nuclear Energy Policy Fellowships. Qualified candidates can be recent undergraduates, graduates, and early career professionals, with a range of academic backgrounds including science and engineering, the full spectrum of social sciences, and communications. Successful applicants will work with the Office of Nuclear Energy to gain essential skills and experience to be part of the workforce that supports the Department of Energy's mission in the future.

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4/19/2022 12:00 AM
April 12, 2022

​Through the University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP), the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) is awarding more than $5 million for 61 undergraduate scholarships and 28 graduate fellowships to students pursuing nuclear energy-related disciplines at universities across the country.

NE is awarding scholarships of $5,000 per year to two-year institutions where students are training as nuclear energy-related technicians. Four-year institutions will receive scholarships of $10,000 per year, and graduate fellows will receive $52,000 each year for three years 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, NE has awarded more than 900 scholarships and fellowships to 75 universities/college in 32 states.

FY21 Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

Complete DOE Press Release

4/12/2022 12:00 AM