Investing in the next generation of nuclear energy leaders and advancing university-led nuclear innovation is vital to fulfilling the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) mission. This is accomplished primarily through NE’s Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), which was created in 2009 to consolidate university support under one initiative and better integrate university research within NE’s technical programs. NEUP engages U.S. colleges and universities to conduct research and development (R&D), enhance infrastructure and support student education thereby helping to sustain a world-class nuclear energy and workforce capability.
NEUP funding opportunities can be found in the Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research FOA and Consolidated Scientific Infrasturcture FOA.
The program’s goal is to support outstanding, cutting-edge, and innovative research at U.S. universities through the following:
- Administering NEUP R&D awards to support NE’s goal of integrating R&D at universities, national laboratories, and industry to revitalize nuclear education and support of NE’s R&D program objectives as defined in the NE R&D Roadmap.
- Attracting the brightest students to the nuclear professions and supporting the nation’s intellectual capital in nuclear energy-related engineering and relevant nuclear science, such as health physics, nuclear materials science, radiochemistry, and applied nuclear physics.
- Improving relevant university and college infrastructures for conducting nuclear energy-related R&D and educating students.
- Supporting NE’s goal of facilitating the transfer of knowledge from an aging nuclear workforce to the next generation of workers.
Since 2009, the NEUP has awarded approximately $569 million to 123 colleges and universities in 42 states and the District of Columbia to train the next generation of nuclear engineers and scientists in the United States and continue American leadership in clean energy innovation.
IRP, R&D and Infrastructure Awards
DOE awards approximately $55 million each year to university R&D and infrastructure projects. A list of this year’s awardees, along with historical award information, can be found here.
IUP Scholarship & Fellowship Recipients (Schools)
Through the Integrated University Program, DOE awards approximately $5 million each year to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing nuclear energy-related engineering and science degrees. Through this program, undergraduates will receive a $7,500 scholarship, while graduate students will receive a three-year fellowship in the amount of $155,000. As part of the fellowship, graduate students will participate in a summer internship at a DOE National Laboratory, or other approved facility, to enhance their involvement in the DOE’s nuclear energy research programs. The selected students will study a range of nuclear energy issues including fuel cycle and reactor related research. A list of schools with the number of scholarship and fellowship awards is available here.