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The primary mission of the Nuclear Energy (NE) program is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of contributing toward the nation’s energy supply, environmental, and national security needs. To ensure that nuclear energy remains a viable energy option for the nation, NE supports research, development, and demonstration activities, when appropriate, designed to resolve the technical, cost, safety, waste management, proliferation resistance, and security challenges of increased use of nuclear energy. NE leads the federal research effort to develop nuclear energy technologies, including generation, safety, waste storage and management, and security technologies to help meet energy security, proliferation resistance, and climate goals.

Nuclear Energy FY 2019 Budget Highlights

  • $128M for R&D on advanced reactors, including  $54M for advanced SMR R&D
  • $15M for versatile advanced fast test reactor R&D
  • $40M for accident tolerant fuels
  • $47M for crosscutting competitive cost-shared R&D
  • $34M for NEAMS to incorporate HUB capabilities  
  • $340M INL infrastructure and S&S
  • $10M for used nuclear fuel disposition R&D
  • $120M to support Yucca Mountain licensing proceeding and implement robust interim storage program

Office of Nuclear Energy FY 2019 Budget Request

Dollars in Thousands

 FY 2017 Enacted

FY 2018 Omnibus

FY 2019 Request

Integrated University Program

$5,000

$5,000

 

Small Modular Reactor Licensing Technical Support

$95,000  

Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) R&D

$5,000

$5,000

 

Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration

   

   Advanced Small Modular Reactor Research and Development

  $54,000

   Light Water Reactor Sustainability

$40,000$47,000$20,000

   Advanced Reactor Technology

$87,000$155,000$74,000

   Versatile Advanced Test Reactor

$5,000

$35,000$15,000

Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration

$132,000$237,000$163,000

Fuel Cycle Research and Development

   

   Materials Recovery and Waste Form Development

$33,400$30,000

$5,000

   Advanced Fuels (Accident Tolerant Fuels)

$68,000$125,000$40,000

   Systems Analysis and Integration

$12,000$8,641 

   Materials Protection, Accounting and Control Technology

$5,400$10,000

$5,000

   Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition Research and Development

$62,500$63,915$10,000

   Integrated Waste Management System

$22,500$22,500 

   Fuel Resources

$3,700  

Fuel Cycle Research and Development

$207,500$260,056$60,000

Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies

   

   Energy Innovation Hub for Modeling and Simulation (HUB)

$24,300$30,000 

   Crosscutting Technology Development

$27,000$50,000$47,400

   Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS)

$28,300$28,200$34,000

   Nuclear Science User Facilities

$35,500$50,800$34,600

Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies

$115,100$159,000$116,000

Radiological Facilities Management

   

   Oak Ridge National Laboratory Infrastructure

$10,000$20,000 

   Research Reactor Infrastructure

$7,000$9,000$9,000

Radiological Facilities Management

$17,000$29,000$9,000

Idaho Facilities Management

   

   Operations and Maintenance

$231,713$288,000$204,000

   16-E-200, Sample Preparation Laboratory

$6,000$6,000 

Idaho Facilities Management

$237,713$294,000$204,000

Idaho Sitewide Safeguards and Security

$129,303$133,000$136,090

International Nuclear Energy Cooperation

$3,000$3,000$2,500

Program Direction

$80,000$80,000$66,500

Subtotal, Nuclear Energy Research and Development

$1,026,616$1,205,056$757,090

   Use of Prior Year Appropriations

($10,000)  

   Rescission of PY Appropriations

($795)  

Total, Nuclear Energy Research and Development

$1,015,821$1,205,056$757,090

Yucca Mountain and Interim Storage

  $120,000

TOTAL, OFFICE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY

$1,015,821 $1,205,056$877,090

See the DOE FY 2019 Budget Request.