68 Projects Accelerate R&D, Support Early Career Faculty, and Recognize Student Innovations

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced more than $56 million for 68 nuclear energy projects and student innovation awards across the country. The projects will support nuclear technology development, early career faculty research activities, and student research at 35 U.S. universities and one national laboratory. These projects will also help expand access to nuclear energy, moving the nation closer to its goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

"These awards are a crucial investment in our nation’s nuclear energy technologies, universities, and next generation of researchers and scientists,” said Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dr. Kathryn Huff. “The funding will help ensure researchers and educators have the resources they need to keep making a difference.”

DOE divided the funding into four focus areas that support nuclear energy research efforts at U.S. universities and national laboratories in 25 states:

  • Research and Development ($47.2 Million): Supports 46 awards and brings collaborative teams together to solve complex problems to advance nuclear technology and understanding.
  • Facility Access ($6.3 Million): Provides three research teams access to world-class facilities and unique capabilities to advance nuclear science understanding.
  • Early Career Faculty ($3.1 Million): Invests in the innovative research and education programs of five outstanding early career university faculty poised to pave new lines of inquiry and advance mission critical research directions in nuclear energy.
  • Innovations in Nuclear Energy R&D Student Competition ($43,000): Recognizes and awards 14 published graduate and undergraduate students for innovative nuclear energy research.

Since 2009, DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded more than $992 million to advance nuclear energy research and train the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists.

To learn more about these awards, visit Nuclear Energy University Program, Integrated Research Projects, Nuclear Science User Facilities, and Distinguished Early Career Program websites.