Department of Energy Awards $60 Million to Advance Nuclear Technology

June 5, 2015

The Energy Department announced today more than $60 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. 68 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that both help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Through the Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP), the Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding approximately $31 million for 43 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects, approximately $13 million for 4 Integrated Research Projects, and 9 infrastructure support awards.

DOE is also awarding over $8.5 million to support 10 nuclear energy research and development projects through the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program. Additionally, NEET is awarding 2 grants totaling over $1 million to support infrastructure improvements at Department of Energy national laboratories to further reactor and instrumentation research. 

For the first time, the Department has fully integrated its competitive nuclear energy research award process with its competitive process for providing no-cost access to state-of-the-art experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing, post-irradiation examination facilities, synchrotron beamline capabilities, and technical assistance for design and analysis of experiments via its Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) [formerly Advanced Test Reactor National Scientific User Facility]. As a result, the Department has competitively selected and will fully fund the cost of access to NSUF capabilities to support three university-led and one national laboratory-led projects that will investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. The value of the unique facilities access announced today exceeds $3 million.

NEUP R&D Awards

NEET Awards (R&D and Infrastructure)

Infrastructure Awards

IRP Awards

NSUF Awards

Department of Energy Announces Over $5 Million in Student Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

April 16, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced over $5 million to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing nuclear science and engineering degrees.

The Energy Department is awarding 59 scholarships to undergraduate students and 32 fellowships to graduate students in engineering and science programs related to nuclear energy. Each scholarship student will receive $7,500 to help cover the cost of his or her education for the next year. Fellowship winners will receive $50,000 a year over the next three years to help pay for their graduate studies and research, plus $5,000 toward a summer internship.

FY 2015 Scholarship and Fellowship Awards

DOE Seeking Information on FY 2016 R&D and Infrastructure Focus Areas

April 13, 2015

DOE is seeking information, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties on:

1) Future work scope areas for the major NE-funded research programs in the following areas:

  • Fuel Cycle Research and Development
  • Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration
  • Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation
  • Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technology Development.

2) Needed capabilities supporting research, training and technology demonstration.

3) High priority nuclear energy-related infrastructure needs including information on the potential benefit, location, funding model, and feasibility of establishing, maintaining, and operating such facilities.

Input must be submitted by June 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET to be considered for FY 2016 work scopes. 

Request for Information- Research and Development Work Scope Development (DE-SOL-0008246)

Request for Information- Potential Infrastructure Investments (DE-SOL-0008318)

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Nuclear Energy University Program

Nuclear Energy University Program funds nuclear energy research and equipment upgrades at U.S. colleges and universities, and student educational support.

NEUP is helping the Department of Energy accomplish its mission of leading the nation's investment in the development and exploration of advanced nuclear science and technology.