Infrastructure Award Recipients Announced

The Department of Energy is awarding approximately $4 million to 19 colleges and universities to support research reactor infrastructure and general scientific infrastructure improvements, ensuring that American universities have the best equipment and tools available to educate the next generation of industry leaders and strengthen U.S. competitiveness in nuclear R&D. These awards will upgrade the existing fleet of research reactors and support equipment and infrastructure improvements, making these reactors and capabilities more efficient and in line with industry advances.

A full list of infrastructure recipients is available below.


FY 2014 Nuclear Energy University Programs Infrastructure Awards


Lead University


Estimated Funding Amount*

Project Description

Reactor Upgrades
Idaho State University Reactor Laboratory Instrumentation and Physical Facility

Idaho State University

$91,741 Idaho State University will modernize radiation detectors, associated instruments, and the sub-assembly to imcritical prove the ability to acquire meaningful measurements and reliability of results.
University Reactor Upgrades Infrastructure Support for the MITR Research Reactor in Support of Operational Safety Massachusetts Institute of Technology $450,000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology will purchase two Canberra CAM 200 effluent monitoring systems to replace aging monitors. The safety upgrade will ensure continued compliance with regulations involving effluent releases.
Upgrade of Gamma Spectroscopy Capabilities at the OSU Reactor Oregon State University $135,636 Oregon State University will purchase a HPGe gamma-ray detector, four digital spectrometers, and an additional UPS unit to ensure uninterrupted counting activity to support the gamma spectroscopy capabilities at the reactor.
Reed College Reactor Infrastructure Support Reed College $133,000 Reed College will replace a log power channel, pump station and demineralizer beds of the primary clean-up loop to ensure continued safe operation of the reactor.
The Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center $397,000 Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center will purchase health physics instrumentation including a stack gas/particulate air monitor and 6 radiation monitor systems to ensure safe operation of the reactor.
Replacement Control Blade Drives at the University of Florida Training Reactor University of Florida $110,050 University of Florida will replace original control blade drives with four control blade drives to expedite the resumption of operations of the reactor.
Water Leak Repair in The University of Texas at Austin TRIGA Reactor University of Texas, Austin $74,013 The University of Texas, Austin will provide $29,946 in cost share to purchase a bellows, waterproof radiation monitor, underwater video system, and portable radiation shields to repair a leak in the bellows of a beam port to restore structural integrity of the reactor pool.
Total   $1,391,440    
General Scientific Infrastructure
Gyrotron for Rapid Extreme Thermal Processing of Materials for Nuclear Energy Alfred University $262,141 Alfred University will provide $250,000 in cost share and $12,141 in cost match to purchase a 94 GHz, 10 kW gyrotron with a liquid cryogen-free superconducting magnet for materials processing and manufacture.
Serial Sectioning Equipment for 3-D Characterization of Microstructure and Composition Effects on Mechanical Behavior of Enhanced Uranium Oxide Fuels Arizona State University $146,600 Arizona State University will purchase an ion-polishing system used for characterizing nuclear fuels. The system will allow for larger sample sizes than currently available Focused Ion Beam (FIB) techniques.
Colorado School of Mines Online Nuclear Reactor Laboratory Colorado School of Mines $215,372 Colorado School of Mines will implement a pneumatic sample transfer capability at the Colorado School of Mines Nuclear Science Laboratory to transfer irradiated samples for short-lived radionuclide experiments.
Nuclear Engineering and Science Equipment for Strategic Fuels Analysis Research in the Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Institute of Technology $250,000 Georgia Institute of Technology will expand the Radiological Science and Engineering Laboratory by adding a nuclear fuel irradiation tank, gamma-ray and neutron detection equipment, and a flow injection analysis system for use in fuel cycle research.
Equipment for Education, Training, and Research in Advanced Instrumentation and Control at The Ohio State University The Ohio State University $243,454 The Ohio State University will purchase a digital data acquisition and detector emulator system to expand advanced instrumentation and control research and education.
Upgrading the Irradiation Facilities and Multidisciplinary Radiation Chemistry Research at Oregon State University Oregon State University $313,540 Oregon State University will provide $63,540 in cost match to refurbish an existing Gamma-Cell 220 with new cobalt-60 source allowing for extended research on aqueous separation processing.
Nuclear Engineering Teaching and Research Facilities Upgrade at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign $191,395 The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will expand reactor materials creep, fatigue and corrosion research by purchasing a steam generator system, a super cooled neutron detector facility, and components to construct two creep-fatigue-environment testing facilities.
X-Ray Diffraction System to Enhance the Nuclear Materials Research and Education University of Nevada, Reno $189,987 University of Nevada, Reno will enhance the supercritical water loop facility by installing X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) to study the oxide films formed sample surfaces.
Upgrade of Universal Element Tester for Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Research University of Houston $172,969 University of Houston will upgrade their Universal Element Tester to enhance design and analysis of nuclear containment structures.
Development of Capabilities to Study the Thermodynamics of Nuclear Energy Related Infrastructure at the Utah Nuclear Engineering Program (UNEP) University of Utah $121,852 University of Utah will purchase an isothermal titration calorimeter (ITC) to measure thermodynamic properties of actinides.
General Scientific Infrastructure Support for the University of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin, Madison $200,600 University of Wisconsin, Madison will improve Wisconsin's Ion Beam Laboratory by purchasing a new implantation chamber and upkeep current equipment to expand ion implantation productivity and efficient use of the facility.
Enhancing the Nuclear Engineering Research Infrastructure in the Core Areas of Nuclear Materials and Radiation Detection at VCU Virginia Commonwealth University $247,541 Virginia Commonwealth University will purchase a benchtop electron scanning microscope, X-ray source and associated detectors, and an electrometer and ion chamber to bolster radiation detection and measurement and materials science research and education.
Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer for Nuclear Energy-Related Teaching and Research Washington State University $109,000 Washington State University will provide $20,000 in cost share to purchase a inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) to improve radioanalytical instrumentation for nuclear science chemistry.
 Total   $2,664,451     
 Total Funding   $4,055,891    

*Actual project funding will be established during contract negotiation phase.