DOE Awards $64M For 89 Nuclear Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $64 million in awards for advanced nuclear energy technology, including awards to 39 U.S. universities in 29 states.

In total, DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy selected 89 projects for funding for nuclear energy research, facility access, and crosscutting technology and infrastructure development. Industry, national laboratories and academic institutions were all in the mix of organizations involved.

The awards are to be dispersed under three DOE nuclear energy programs: the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program, and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF) program, the DOE said.

The bulk of the awards were channeled through NEUP programs. The DOE is awarding $47 million through NEUP in support of 63 U.S. university-led nuclear energy research and development projects in 29 states. "These projects will maintain U.S. leadership in nuclear research across the country by providing top science and engineering faculty and their students opportunities to develop innovative technologies and solutions for civil nuclear capabilities," DOE said.

AnotherDOE $5 million is being awarded under NEUP to support 18 university-led projects for research reactor and infrastructure improvements. These projects are expected to provide important safety, performance, and educational upgrades to a portion of the nation’s 25 university research reactors.

DOE said $5 million of the funding was channeled through the NEET program for five research and development projects led by DOE national laboratories, industry, and universities. These projects involve research that addresses crosscutting nuclear energy challenges that will help to develop advanced sensors and instrumentation, advanced manufacturing methods, and materials for multiple nuclear reactor plant and fuel applications.

One industry-led and two university-led projects were funded by the NSUF program -- projects designed to investigate important nuclear fuel and material applications. These projects will receive $6.6 million in total for research, facility access costs, and expertise in the following topics: experimental neutron and ion irradiation testing, post-irradiation examination facilities, synchrotron beamline capabilities, and technical assistance for design and analysis of experiments through the NSUF program.

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