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Nuclear Safety Research and Development Program Operating Plan

July 5, 2012

Nuclear Safety Research and Development Program Operating Plan

This operating plan outlines the mission, goals, and processes for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Safety Research & Development (NSR&D) Program. This first version of the operating plan also discusses the startup phase of the program.

NSR&D involves a systematic search for knowledge to advance the fundamental understanding of nuclear safety science and technology through scientific study, analysis, modeling, and experiments. Maintaining an effective NSR&D program will support DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in standards development, validation of analytical models and methods, and improvements in operating practices. It will support DOE/NNSA in making technically justified and well informed nuclear safety decisions. It will also help maintain the technical expertise and the analytical tools and techniques to maintain a sufficiently qualified and experienced workforce with a robust infrastructure.