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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




Small Modular Reactor Licensing Technical Support


Supercritical Transformational Electric Power (STEP) R&D




Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration


   Advanced Small Modular Reactor Research and Development


   Light Water Reactor Sustainability


   Advanced Reactor Technology


   Versatile Advanced Test Reactor



Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration


Fuel Cycle Research and Development


   Materials Recovery and Waste Form Development



   Advanced Fuels (Accident Tolerant Fuels)


   Systems Analysis and Integration


   Materials Protection, Accounting and Control Technology



   Used Nuclear Fuel Disposition Research and Development


   Integrated Waste Management System


   Fuel Resources


Fuel Cycle Research and Development


Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies


   Energy Innovation Hub for Modeling and Simulation (HUB)


   Crosscutting Technology Development


   Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS)


   Nuclear Science User Facilities


Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies


Radiological Facilities Management


   Oak Ridge National Laboratory Infrastructure


   Research Reactor Infrastructure


Radiological Facilities Management


Idaho Facilities Management


   Operations and Maintenance


   16-E-200, Sample Preparation Laboratory


Idaho Facilities Management


Idaho Sitewide Safeguards and Security


International Nuclear Energy Cooperation


Program Direction


Subtotal, Nuclear Energy Research and Development


   Use of Prior Year Appropriations


   Rescission of PY Appropriations


Total, Nuclear Energy Research and Development


Yucca Mountain and Interim Storage



$1,015,821 $1,205,056$877,090

See the DOE FY 2019 Budget Request.