DOE Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity


The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) conducts crosscutting nuclear energy research and development to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts. This funding opportunity is to support strategies and technologies for the safe, long-term management and eventual disposal of used nuclear fuel and advanced nuclear fuel and fuel cycle technologies that enhance the accident tolerance and enable sustainable fuel cycles to be demonstrated and deployed.

Current challenges include the development of high burnup fuel and cladding materials to withstand irradiation for longer periods of time with improved accident tolerance; development of simplified materials recovery technologies, waste management (including storage, transportation, and disposal), and proliferation risk reduction methods; and development of processes and tools to evaluate sustainable fuel cycle system options and to effectively communicate the results of the evaluation to stakeholders.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $56,200,000.  Applications due by Feb 18, 2016.
Full program and application details available at the National Energy University Programs website, and grants.gov


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