WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop partnerships between the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and various communities. With an emphasis on environmental justice, these partners will work with local energy communities, educational entities, and other constituencies to accomplish the shared mission of utilizing nuclear energy to advance energy, environmental, and economic initiatives.  

This FOA will provide up to 11 awards totaling $1.6 million over three years. The funding will focus on: 

  • Energy Communities – Develop resources and educational materials for the community and local government officials. 
  • Energy Justice Organizations and Communities – Partner with organizations and communities at the frontlines of the energy transition who are impacted by and/or interested in nuclear energy and its fuel cycle. 
  • Workforce Development and Educational Outreach – Develop materials for educators to help students understand the basics of nuclear science and encourage careers in STEM fields.  
  • International Nuclear Education Development – Fund fellowships for international students to study nuclear engineering at American universities, national labs, and with industry partners.  

“To implement the nuclear technologies of the future, we need to communicate the benefits to every community, integrate energy justice into everything we do, and build the next generation of nuclear leaders,” said Andrew Griffith, Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy. “This funding opportunity will help us expand our partnership reach and work with local leaders, teachers, students, and others who want to learn about nuclear technologies and can benefit from nuclear energy in their communities.”  

Nuclear power currently provides 52% of the nation’s carbon-free electricity, and the Biden-Harris Administration has identified the current fleet of 93 reactors as a vital resource to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. 

The Administration has requested approximately $480,000.00 in FY 2022 for this program. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds appropriated by Congress.  

Prospective partners may apply for funding at Grants.gov. To access these materials, select "Apply for Grants," and then select "Download Application Package." Applications must be received by July 20, 2022.  

More information on the Office of Nuclear Energy and its programs can be found here.