Announcements contains notifications and other informational materials featured on the front page of NSUF in reverse chronological order.
December 7, 2017 NEW
DOE Releases FOA to Support Development of Advanced Nuclear Technology
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support development of advanced nuclear energy technology. DOE is soliciting proposals for cost-shared projects to develop innovative, industry-driven reactor designs and accompanying technologies with high potential to advance nuclear power in the United States.
DOE expects to make up to $30 million or more available for awards in FY 2018 subject to the availability of funding. The FOA will be open for a five-year period accepting applications on a year-round basis, with a quarterly selection process. Additional funding will be available in future years, as allocated by Congress.
Through this competition, DOE encourages U.S. companies to partner with other U.S. federal agencies, public and private laboratories, institutions of higher education, and other domestic entities to share expertise needed to successfully develop these innovative technologies.
October 19, 2017
DOE-NE Releases FY 2018 CINR FOA
DOE-NE has released the FY 2018 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The FOA contains workscopes for NEUP, NEET, and NSUF research areas. Changes to the FY 2018 CINR FOA include:
- No pre-applications for NEUP or NEET-CTD R&D
- Two new workscopes for R&D
- No IRP workscope
- PI’s are only eligible to compete as many applications as they may have with existing eligibility requirements
- All NSUF applications require the NSUF Access Request (a combination of the LOI and pre-app)
- NSUF-2 will be out of phase (delayed) with respect to the rest of the FY 2018 CINR process
- FY 2018 projects are scheduled to begin on Oct 1, 2018
Note: The NSUF Access Requests (required for NSUF-1, NEAMS-2, and NSUF-2) are due on an aggressive timeline, so PIs who are submitting in these areas are encouraged to engage with NSUF staff to complete their applications as soon as possible. Guidance for submitting the Access Request is available here: FY 2018 NSUF Access Request Guidance.
Revised CINR Schedule
October 25, 2017: Informational webinar detailing process changes and scope updates. Register HERE.
November 8, 2017: NSUF Access Requests Due
January 12, 2018: NSUF Statement of Work for NSUF-1 and NEAMS-2 Workscopes Due
January 23, 2018: Full R&D/NSUF-1 Applications Due
April 26, 2018: NSUF Statement of Work for NSUF-2 Workscope Due
May 17, 2018: NSUF-2 Full Applications Due
October 19, 2017
DOE-NE Releases FY 2018 Scientific Infrastructure FOA
DOE-NE has released the FY 2018 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001773). The infrastructure support program will be administered by the Nuclear Science User Facilities program office. This FOA supports research reactor upgrades and general scientific infrastructure for universities only.
Applications Due: November 30, 2017
Anticipated award announcement: June-July 2018
Note: National laboratory infrastructure support is not covered under this FOA. The NSUF utilizes an annual infrastructure gap analysis as a basis for determining specific needs and locations for addressing national laboratory infrastructure support. National laboratories are encouraged to submit scientific infrastructure needs through the Request for Information (RFI) - University, National Laboratory, Industry and International Input on Potential Office of Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Investments (DE-SOL-0008318). The official copy of the RFI is located at Grants.gov and a courtesy copy is linked below.
September 20, 2017
U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Science User Facilities Awards 35 Rapid Turnaround Experiment Research Proposals
U.S. Department of Energy Announces FY17 University Infrastructure Awards
U.S. Department of Energy Announces FY17 CINR FOA Awards
April 26, 2017
U.S. Department of Energy's Nuclear Science User Facilities Awards 30 Rapid Turnaround Experiment Research Proposals
March 28, 2017
DOE-NE Releases FY 2017 Request for Information (RFI) for Nuclear Materials
DOE-NE has released a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-SOL-0010995) “FY 2017 University, National Laboratory, Industry and International Input on Potential Additions to the NSUF Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library.” DOE-NE, through the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF), is currently seeking information regarding 1) existing nuclear energy research materials and specimens that can, potentially, be added to the NFML, and 2) future needs for nuclear energy-related material to support ongoing nuclear energy challenges as well as future research advancements in nuclear energy.
The Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library (NFML), which is owned by DOE-NE and curated by the NSUF, is a collection of specialized information and nuclear fuel and material specimens from past and ongoing irradiation test campaigns, as well as real-world components retrieved from decommissioned power reactors, and donations from other sources. The NFML can be accessed through a web portal at the Nuclear Science User Facilities website or directly at https://nsuf-infrastructure.inl.gov/RFI/Submission.
The RFI will be posted on Grants.gov and the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Responses to the RFI must be submitted through the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Detailed instructions are included in the RFI along with contact information for help with completing a submission.
The FY 2017 RFI will be open for submissions until June 30, 2017. The FY 2018 NFML RFI is planned to open in fall of 2017 and close in the summer of 2018.
Submissions Due: June 30, 2017
U.S. Department of Energy REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (DE-SOL-0010995) University, National Laboratory, Industry & International Input on Potential Additions to the NSUF Nuclear Fuels & Materials Library (PDF) (HTML)
March 20, 2017
DOE Seeking Information on FY 2018 R&D and Infrastructure Focus Areas
DOE is seeking information, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties for future work scope areas for the major NE-funded research programs in the following R&D areas:
1. Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FC R&D) Program
2. Reactor Concepts Research, Development, and Demonstration (RC RD&D) Program
3. Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Program
4. Nuclear Enabling Technologies (NEET) Crosscutting Technology Development (CTD)
DOE is also seeking information, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties to determine what capabilities that support research, training and technology demonstration, are of high interest to the nuclear research community. In addition to receiving feedback on the aforementioned capabilities, DOE seeks input on other high priority nuclear energy-related infrastructure needs, including information on the potential benefit, location, funding model, and feasibility of establishing, maintaining, and operating such facilities.
Responses must be received by Saturday, May 13, 2017, to be considered for FY 2018 workscopes.
March 13, 2017
Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announces small business voucher opportunity
Vouchers to support nuclear energy innovation
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) today announced the availability of fiscal year 2017 funds for small business vouchers to assist applicants developing advanced nuclear energy technologies who are seeking access to the world class expertise and capabilities available across the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories complex. The small business vouchers are provided by the DOE's Office of Nuclear Energy to support nuclear energy innovation in the small business sector.
"The objective of GAIN is to accelerate cost-effective commercialization of innovative nuclear energy technologies," said Rita Baranwal, GAIN director. "This cost-sharing initiative enables partnerships with small businesses and provides them with access to the technical, regulatory and financial support necessary to bridge the gap to delivering new technologies to market."
A Letter of Intent from a company intending to submit a voucher application is requested and strongly encouraged to be submitted by March 9, 2017. Submitting a Letter of Intent will enable GAIN to assist with identifying appropriate facilities and staff to support the voucher application and to assist the applicant as needed. More information on the vouchers and eligibility requirements are available at gain.inl.gov.
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear is a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to provide the nuclear industrial community with access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move new or advanced nuclear technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. Day-to-day management of GAIN is the responsibility of Idaho National Laboratory. See more GAIN news at gain.inl.gov. Follow @GAINnuclear on Twitter or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GAINnuclear.