FY12 Web Archive

Webinar to Support FY 2013 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity Announcement to be Held December 13th

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) invites you to participate in an upcoming, two-part webinar.

In prior years, DOE-NE issued multiple solicitations for research and development (R&D) opportunities through the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) and the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Crosscutting Technology Development Program. In fiscal year (FY) 2013, DOE-NE is integrating these competitively-funded R&D opportunities into a Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). 

The purpose of this webinar is to 1) brief potential applicants on the Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA, provide details on participation eligibility, restrictions and requirements, and 2) discuss additional workscopes not previously addressed during the FY 2013 NEUP webinar.

An extended Q&A session will follow each webinar session.

Separate registrations are required to attend both sessions.


FY 2013 Funding Opportunity Announcement Discussion

Date: December 13, 2012

Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm ET

Reserve a Webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/968203937


FY 2013 Workscope Discussion (Excluding workscopes previously presented at the FY 2013 NEUP Workshop)

Date: December 13, 2012

Time: 2:00 pm-3:00 pm ET

Reserve a Webinar seat now at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/886903497


NEUP Announces FY 2012 Integrated Research Projects Awards
September 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $13 million in funding for three university-led research teams to develop new advanced light water reactor designs, as well as one or more advanced materials and/or fuel-cladding concepts that would enhance the accident tolerance of the nuclear fuel system. The Department is engaging universities in the effort to find solutions through NEUP's Integrated Research Projects (IRP).

DOE Press Release

FY 2012 IRP Awards Table

FY13 NEUP Overview Videos, Webinar Presenations and Draft Workscope Descriptions Now Available

NEUP has released program overview videos and presentations given by Dr. Peter Lyons, Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, and his Deputy Assistant Secretaries on the various programs that will be supporting NEUP workscope this year. Presentations for webinars being held from August 21-23 and the FY13 draft workscope descriptions are also available at the links below.

FY13 NEUP Overview Videos and Webinar Presentations

Additional Fuel Cycle IRP Webinar Now Available

A new Fuel Cycle IRP webinar is now available on August 22nd. The IRP titled, "Natural Barrier Evaluation for Disposal of High-Level Radioactive Waste" will be held from 3:50p-4:30p ET. To register for this webinar, and other webinars during the week of August 21-23, view the schedule at the link below.

FY13 Planning Workshop Webinar Schedule

Registration for FY 2013 NEUP Planning Workshop Webinars Now Open

Registration for the FY 2013 NEUP Planning Workshop Webinars is now open. The two-part series will first feature recorded briefings by senior U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) management who will provide overviews of the relevant NE R&D programs.

The second part of the series will feature live webinars on August 21-August 23. All participants must register for the webinars beforehand. Each webinar is considered a different event so participants must sign up for each webinar individually. All webinars are being recorded and will be available on neup.gov after the live webinars have taken place. Webinars time and dates are subject to change based on presenter availability. View the schedule and register for webinars of your choice at the link below.

FY13 Planning Workshop Webinar Schedule

Department of Energy Announces Joint NEUP/ATR NSUF Award

In addition to NEUP’s first phase of R&D awards, one project has been jointly awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy’s ATR NSUF and its Nuclear Energy University Programs.

Funding has been awarded to a University of Michigan team, led by Gary Was, that will examine whether post-irradiation annealing can mitigate the stress corrosion cracking that irradiation can trigger in reactor core materials. The work will be performed at the Microscopy and Characterization Suite (MaCS) laboratory within the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) at INL.

This is the first year NEUP and the ATR NSUF have collaborated on joint proposal solicitations.

For a full abstract of the project visit the FY 2012 R&D Awards Table.

International Pyroprocessing Research Conference to be Held August 26-29

The 2012 International Pyroprocessing Research Conference will be held Sunday August 26 through Wednesday August 29, 2012 at The Abbey Resort on Lake Geneva in Fontana, Wisconsin.

Organized by Argonne National Laboratory, the Conference provides an international forum for presentation and discussion of the latest advances in pyroprocessing technology including separations chemistry, analytical chemistry, properties of molten salt systems, waste management and safeguards for future nuclear fuel cycle systems. The Conference will consist of invited and contributed oral presentations and a poster session. For more information and to register visit: http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1068826.

Contact Mark A. Williamson (williamson@anl.gov) with questions. 

UPDATE: NEUP Amends FY 2012 Integrated Research Projects (IRP) Call for Proposals (CFP)

NEUP has issued an amendment to its current IRP CFP. Several amendments have been made to the CFP including:

  • The funding amount for the "Used Nuclear Fuel Storage" technical work scope has been increased from $1.17M/yr totaling up to $3.5M to $1.46M/yr totaling up to $4.4M.
  • Form PROC 3204 "Fully Executed Organizational Conflicts of Interest Certification" has been replaced with the "Conflict of Information, Required Conflict of Interest Form" (available within the online application).
  • Form PROC 2113 is no longer necessary for the CFP.

For a full description of the amendments please refer to the amended IRP CFP.

FY12 IRP CFP (amended)

The Office of Nuclear Energy through NEUP Announces FY 2012 Integrated Research Projects (IRP) Call for Proposals


The Office of Nuclear Energy through its Nuclear Energy University Programs is now accepting applications from universities interested in conducting nuclear energy-related Integrated Research Projects (IRP).

IRPs will be significant, three-year projects that address specific research issues or capability gaps, and are intended to develop a capability within each specified area. These projects will be mutidisciplinary and require multi-institutional partners. The three FY 2012 IRP focus areas are:

  • Advanced Nuclear-Cladding and Fuel Materials with Enhanced Accident Tolerance for Current Generation & Gen III+ Light Water Reactors ($1.17M/yr totaling up to $3.5M)
  • Degradation of Used Nuclear Fuel in Storage ($1.17M/yr totaling up to $3.5M)
  • Inherently Safe Light Water Reactors ($2.0M/yr totaling up to $6.0M)

Additional information about this solicitation can be found on the "IRP General Information" page.

Use of the Nuclear Science & Technology Education Sourcebook is encouraged to bolster collaborations between universities. 

Applications are due by 5 p.m. MT on July 9, 2012.

Full DOE Announcement

FY 2012 IRP Call for Proposals

IRP Pre-Solicitation Workshop Materials (Presentations and Workshop Recording)

Click here to submit a proposal.


UK Research Council Announces $5 Million in Funds to Support UK Researchers to Participate in NEUP IRP Call for Proposals

The UK Research Council (UKRC) has earmarked up to $5 million in UK funds to support UK researchers to participate in the 2012 NEUP IRP and other solicitations.  Proposals should be submitted by the US partner according to NEUP processes with the UK component proposed as an integral part of the submission (UK partners should be treated as you would a US partner when writing the proposal). US funds will be used to support the US research and UK funds will be used to support the UK research. UK funds will be released based on the NEUPs funding recommendation.

UKRC IRP Collaborative US/UK Collaborative Funding Announcement

FY 2012 IRP Pre-Solicitation Workshop Presentations Now Available

The FY 2012 IRP Pre-Solicitation Workshop Presentations that give details about the three IRP technical workscopes, as well as the IRP solicitation process are now available. Copies of the presentations and the three technical workscope areas are now available. 

FY 2012 IRP Pre-Solicitation Workshop Presentations

FY 2012 IRP Technical Work Scopes

Department of Energy Announces $47.2 Million To Train Next Generation of Nuclear Energy Leaders and Strengthen University-Led Nuclear R&D

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced $47.2 million in scholarships, fellowships, research projects and university research reactor upgrades to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry. The awards announced today under the Department’s Nuclear Energy University Programs and Integrated University Program will support nuclear energy R&D and student investment at 46 colleges and universities around the country.

“We must invest in the next generation of American leaders in science, technology, engineering and math in order to fulfill our commitment to restarting America’s nuclear industry and making sure that the United States stays competitive in the 21st,” said Secretary Chu. “The awards announced today, from scholarships and fellowships to university-led nuclear research projects, will help train and educate these future leaders while strengthening our competitive edge and developing the innovations we need to create new jobs and export opportunities for American-made nuclear technologies.

Full Press Release

Detailed descriptions of the awards can be found at the links below.

2012 R&D Award Abstracts

2012 Infrastructure Awards

2012 Scholarship and Fellowship Recipients (Schools) 

2012 NEUP Composite Award Table (R&D, S&F, Infrastructure)
 

GRE for FY 2013 Fellowship Applications

NEUP would like to strongly encourage fellowship applicants to submit official GRE scores for the FY 2013 application process. GRE's are not required if your graduate program did not require them. If you do not submit GRE scores, please submit a letter from your adivsor or graduate program chair explaining that the GRE was not required for your admission to the program.

General Rules for Acknowledging NEUP

Researchers and students who publish results of research using NEUP resources and capabilities are required to do the following:

1. Include an acknowledgment of NEUP in any publications, including but not limited to journal articles, presentations, reports, proceedings, and book chapters, resulting from work performed with NEUP funding.

To acknowledge NEUP funding PI's are encouraged to use the following statement, "This research is being performed using funding received from the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy's Nuclear Energy University Programs."

2. Send publications, including but not limited to journal articles, presentations, reports, proceedings, and book chapters to the NEUP email account: neup@inl.gov.


         Official NEUP Logo

 An official NEUP logo is available to download for those preparing posters or presentations to include on the acknowledgment section of their presentation.


            Click to download

Registration for the FY 2013 NEUP Planning Workshop Now Open

The FY 2013 NEUP Planning Workshop will be held August 7-8, 2012 in Washington D.C. The workshop will discuss work scopes and provide feedback on proposed scope for the FY 2013 R&D soliciation cycle. Registration for the workshop is open from March 14-July 27, 2012.

For more information about the workshop, or to register, visit the NEUP Workshop Registraion Website by clicking the link below or clicking the button in the right hand column of neup.gov.

NEUP Workshop Registration Website

NEUP Workshop "Save the Date"

DOE Announces Funding Opportunity Announcement for Accident Tolerant Fuels 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy, through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), seeks to facilitate the development and initial testing of light water reactor (LWR) fuel concepts with accident tolerant features. Program funding will be provided at a minimum of 20% industry cost-share, 80% Federal cost-share, to the awardee(s) for the purposes of completing early phase analysis and empirical data collection to assess the impacts of novel ATF. The total Government funding available for awards under this FOA is anticipated at $10M over two (2) years, subject to availability of funds.

This FOA is available through the FedConnect website at www.fedconnect.net. Search for the FOA in "Public Opportunities" using the information below.  

  • Title: "Final FOA - Accident Tolerant Fuels"
  • Reference Number: DE-FOA-0000712.

DOE intends to allow approximately 45 days for applicant response to this FOA. The application due date is June 15, 2012.

DOE Informational Meeting on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options to be held April 25


As part of activities leading to a comprehensive evaluation and screening of nuclear fuel cycle options in 2013, the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies (FCT) will hold an informational meeting on nuclear fuel cycle options. The objectives of this informational meeting are to:

  • Describe the purpose and objectives of the 2013 Evaluation and Screening effort.
  • Discuss the planned approach for ensuring that the set of fuel cycle options considered is comprehensive with respect to the range of fuel cycle performance.
  • Provide answers to participant questions on development of the fuel cycle options list and how they may contribute to this list.

What: Informational Meeting on Nuclear Fuel Cycle Options

Where: Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.

When: April 25, 2012.  

Additional information, including registration information, can be found here.

All participants must pre-register. U.S. citizens must pre-register before April 16 and Foreign Nationals must pre-register before April 5.

 

IRP Presolicitation Workshop to be Held May 2nd


Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) invites you to participate in a pre-solicitation workshop for the upcoming release of its fiscal year (FY) 2012 Integrated Research Project (IRP) solicitation. The purpose of this workshop is to brief potential respondents and provide for an exchange of information on the FY 2012 IRP technical work scope as well as the associated application and evaluation process.

All interested potential respondents are encouraged to attend, either in person or by webcast.

Registration is required to attend in person or via webinar.


Date: May 2, 2012

Time: 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET

Location: Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport or via webinar


FY 2012 IRP Technical Work Scopes

To register for the workshop, and for detailed information, visit the IRP Pre-Solicitation Workshop Registration Website.

Explanation of Scoring Categories for Relevancy and Technical Reviews


All proposals are scored on criteria stipulated in the current solicitation. NEUP conducts two separate reviews on each proposal: a relevancy review and a technical review. NEUP's scoring categories for the two reviews are listed below.

 

R&D Review Scoring Categories
Relevancy Technical
1. Unquestionably Relevant/Unquestionable Program Priority 1. High Merit
2. Highly Relevant/High Program Priority 2. Moderate Merit
3. Relevant/Intermediate Program Priority 3. Low Merit
4. Low Relevance/Low Program Priority 4. No Merit
5. Not Relevant/No Program Priority  

 

Each workscope area defines its own competitive range; therefore, competitive scores will be different for each workscope area.

For more information about the review process and scoring criteria refer to the 2012 R&D Request for Pre-Applications in the 2012 Archive on www.neup.gov.

The Office of Nuclear Energy Issues Requests for Applications for Nuclear Science and Engineering Scholarships and Fellowships

The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), within the Department of Energy (DOE), today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) that will fund scholarships and fellowships for nuclear science and engineering students.

NE expects to award $5 million for approximately 70 undergraduate scholarships and 30 graduate fellowships to U.S. students and legal permanent residents through its Nuclear Energy University Programs RFAs.

Undergraduate scholarships are $5,000 for one year. The maximum award for fellowships is anticipated to be $50,000 a year over three years, with an additional one time $5,000 allotment to fund a minimum 10-week internship at a DOE national laboratory or other designated facility.

Applications for the Scholarship and Fellowship RFAs are due on February 8, 2012, and must be submitted using the online submittal application.  NE will likely notify award recipients in April 2012. 

Click here to submit an application.

FY 2012 Scholarship RFA

FY 2012 Fellowship RFA

Department of Energy Issues FY 2012 Research and Development Call for Full Proposals

The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced that through its Nuclear Energy University Programs, projects submitted from 59 universities are invited to provide full proposals for nuclear energy research and development projects.

Projects from these U.S. universities were chosen from those submitted by 91 schools based on their relevancy to the NE mission and their scientific and technical merit. The applications specifically focused on areas such as: fuel cycle research and development; reactor concepts research, development, and demonstration; as well as advanced modeling and simulation.

The solicitation is open exclusively to all who participated in the associated Request for Pre-Applications process that was recently completed. Full applications are due on January 24, 2012. NE will likely notify award recipients in April 2012.

2012 R&D Call for Full Proposals

Click here for proposal submission.

FY 2012 RPA Demographics

Explanation of Scoring Categories for Relevancy and Technical Reviews

2012 Scholarship Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) that will fund scholarships and fellowships for nuclear science and engineering students. The Department expects to award $5 million for approximately 70 undergraduate scholarships and 30 graduate fellowships to U.S. students and legal permanent residents through its Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) RFAs.

Undergraduate scholarships are $5,000 for one year. Applications for scholarships are due on February 8, 2012.

Please read the entire solicitation prior to submitting an application.

Click here to submit an application.

2012 Fellowship Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is pleased to announce two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) that will fund scholarships and fellowships for nuclear science and engineering students.

The Department expects to award $5 million for approximately 70 undergraduate scholarships and 30 graduate fellowships to U.S. students and legal permanent residents through its Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) RFAs.

The maximum award for fellowships is anticipated to be $50,000 a year over three years, with an additional one time $5,000 allotment to fund a 10-week minimum internship at a DOE national laboratory or other designated facility.

Applications for Fellowships are due on February 8, 2012.

Please read the entire solicitation prior to submitting an application.

Click here to submit an application.

Clarification on "No-Cost Extensions" for NEUP R&D Contracts

Due to several requests for information about “no-cost extensions” NEUP would like to remind all those currently working on R&D projects about NEUP policy. Because federal program dollars and priorities are based on critical, timely research results, “no-cost extensions” on NEUP contracts are only approved for cases with extenuating circumstances (death of a collaborator, long-term facility shutdown, etc). “No-cost extensions” will not be granted in other cases.

If you feel your project requires a “no-cost extension” please contact Stefanie Johnston at 208-526-1197 to submit the necessary documentation for your request to be reviewed.

NEUP to Offer Webinar on Success Strategies for NEUP Applications and Proposals

NEUP is offering a Webinar in coordination with the 2011 American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting in Washington D.C. The meeting will focus on success strategies for NEUP applications and proposals. Space is limited; therefore, please reserve your seat as soon as possible.

Title: Success Strategies for NEUP Applications and Proposals

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Time: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM EDT

Reserve a Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/466530753


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh-based attendees
Required: Mac OSX 10.5 or newer

FY 2012 Research and Development CFP Released


Nuclear Energy University Programs is now accepting full applications for its FY 2012 research and development solicitation.

Research areas covered by this Request for Pre-Application (RPA) are: Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FCR&D), Reactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RCRD&D) and Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS).

Applications are due by 5 p.m. MT on January 24, 2012.


FY 2012 R&D Call for Proposals

FY 2012 R&D Workscopes

Click here to submit a proposal.

Department of Energy Issues Two Infrastructure FOAs for FY 2012

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy has announced two new Infrastructure Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to support university and college efforts to build or expand their nuclear science and engineering research and education. The Department will provide funds to upgrade university level research reactors and purchase general scientific equipment and instrumentation. Applications must be submitted through www.grants.gov.

Applications are due 8 p.m. EST on February 8, 2012.

Click below to read the DOE announcement and the infrastructure FOAs.

DOE Infrastructure Announcement 

General Scientific Infrastructure Support FOA

Reactor Upgrades FOA

Submit an Application: www.grants.gov