The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is working to advance nuclear power to meet the nation's energy, environmental, and national security needs. The following funding opportunities assist NE by resolving barriers to technical, cost, safety, security, and proliferation resistance through early-stage research, development, and demonstration in the following areas:
- Enhancing the long-term viability and competitiveness of the existing U.S. reactor fleet.
- Developing an advanced reactor pipeline.
- Implementing and maintaining national strategic fuel cycle and supply chain infrastructure.
This FOA provides opportunities to support innovation and competitiveness of the U.S. nuclear industry through cost-shared projects for basic/fundamental, applied research and development (R&D) and demonstration/commercial applications for R&D activities in all aspects of existing and advanced reactor development.
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) program is working with the nuclear industrial community to provide funds to assist applicants seeking access to world-class expertise and capabilities available across the U.S. DOE complex. To learn more, please see the GAIN Voucher Program website.
The Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) FOA is comprised of the following three programs:
1. Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP)
These funds support the integration of research performed at universities with other research performed for the Office of Nuclear Energy, as well as support the transfer of knowledge from an aging nuclear workforce to the next generation of workers. To learn more about the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), please see the NEUP website.
2. Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Crosscutting Technology Development (CTD)
The NEET CTD program conducts research and development in crosscutting technologies that directly support and enable the development of new and advanced reactor designs and fuel cycle technologies. To learn more about the NEET CTD program, please see the "R&D" tab on the NEUP website.
3. Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)
The Office of Nuclear Energy funds access to world-class capabilities to facilitate the advancement of nuclear science and technology. This mission is supported by providing access, at no cost to the user, to state-of-the-art experimental irradiation testing and Post-Irradiation Examination (PIE) facilities, as well as technical assistance including the design and analysis of reactor experiments. To learn more about the NSUF program, please see the NSUF website.
The Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA assists entities with acquiring equipment or funding activities to support research, teaching, and education, such as the purchase, setup, and vendor installation costs for equipment and instrumentation, as well as building modifications that immediately support the installation and operation of the equipment. To learn more, please visit the NEUP website.
NE’s University Nuclear Leadership Program works to attract nuclear science and engineering students (NS&E) to nuclear energy professions by providing undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate study at two- and four-year institutions leading to a major or minor degree or certificate in the fields or disciplines of NS&E relevant to the DOE-NE mission. To learn more, please see the "Scholarship & Fellowship" tab on the NEUP website.
$16 million funding is available to provide resources for communities interested in learning more about consent-based siting, management of spent nuclear fuel, and interim storage facility siting considerations. Award recipients will promote dialogue that helps foster the development of innovative community ideas, incorporates principles of equity and environmental justice into community engagement strategies, and captures feedback related to the interim storage of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste.
NE plans to fund work to develop partnerships between the Office of Nuclear Energy 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.
NE aims to fund R&D for technological advances that benefit the front end of the nuclear fuel cycle and enable competitive domestic uranium production and supply chain stability. The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to fund projects that enable cost competitive domestic uranium production and conserve water.
More information can be found here.