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.

See the DOE FY 2022 Budget Request.

Office of Nuclear Energy FY 2020-22 Budget

Dollars in Thousands

 

FY 2020 Appropriation

FY 2021
Appropriation

FY 2022
Congressional Request

Integrated University Program $5,000 $5,000 $6,000
Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) R&D $5,000 $5,000 0
Reactor Concepts RD&D      
   Advanced Small Modular Reactor RD&D $100,000 $115,000 $115,000
   Light Water Reactor Sustainability $47,000 $47,000 $60,000
   Advanced Reactor Technologies $55,000 $46,000 $65,000
   Versatile Advanced Test Reactor $65,000 0 0
Reactor Concepts RD&D -- subtotal $267,000 $208,000 $240,000
Fuel Cycle R&D      
   Mining, Conversion and Transportation $2,000 $2,000 $2,000
   Civil Nuclear Enrichment $40,000 $40,000 0
   Materials Recovery and Waste Form Development $30,000 $25,000 $35,000
   Accident Tolerant Fuels $95,600 $105,800 $115,000
   TRISO Fuel and Graphite Qualification $30,000 $36,000 $36,000
    Fuel Cycle R&D Core Activities $20,000 $20,000 $46,925
   High-Assay, Low-Enriched Uranium Availability     $33,075
   Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition Research and Development $62,500 $62,500 $62,500
   Integrated Waste Management System $25,000 $18,000 $38,000
Fuel Cycle R&D -- subtotal $305,100 $309,300 $368,500
Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies      
   Crosscutting Technology Development $25,000 $28,000 $47,000
   Joint Modeling and Simulation Program $35,000 $35,000 $35,000
   Nuclear Science User Facilities $30,000 $30,000 $42,000
   Transformational Challenge Reactor $23,450 $29,869 0
Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies -- subtotal $113,450 $122,869 $124,000
Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program      
   National Reactor Innovation Center $20,000 $30,000 $55,000
   Demonstration 1 (Xe) $80,000 $80,000 $108,700
   Demonstration 2 (Natrium) $80,000 $80,000 $136,650
   Risk Reduction for Future Demonstrations $30,000 $40,000 $50,000
   Regulatory Development $15,000 $15,000 $15,000
   Advanced Reactor Safeguards $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program -- subtotal $230,000 $250,000 $370,350
Versatile Test Reactor Project      
   Other Project Costs   $43,000 $55,000
   21-E-200, Versatile Test Reactor   $2,000 $90,000
Versatile Test Reactor Project -- subtotal   $45,000 $145,000
Infrastructure      
   INL Facilities Operations & Maintenance $280,000 $280,000 $300,000
   ORNL Infrastructure Facilities O&M $20,000 $20,000 0
   Research Reactor Infrastructure $9,000 $11,500 $15,000
     16-E-200, Sample Preparation Laboratory $25,450 $26,000 $41,850
Infrastructure -- subtotal $334,450 $337,500 $356,850
Idaho Sitewide Safeguards and Security $153,408 $149,800 $149,800
International Nuclear Energy Cooperation 0 0 $5,000
Program Direction $80,000 $75,131 $85,000
Total, Nuclear Energy R&D $1,493,408 $1,507,600 $1,845,500
Nuclear Waste Fund Oversight 0 $27,500 $7,500
NR Transfer $88,500 $91,000 0
TOTAL, OFFICE OF NUCLEAR ENERGY $1,581,908  $1,626,100 $1,853,000