The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced nearly $67 million to 83 projects in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards.
As part of the announcement, the Energy Department is awarding over $30 million through its Nuclear Energy Research Programs (NEUP) to support 44 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects to develop innovative technologies and solutions. These projects will be led by 30 US universities in 24 states.
The announcement also includes approximately $4 million to 19 universities for research reactor and infrastructure improvements to provide important safety- performance- and student education-related upgrades to the nation’s 25 university research reactors as well as enhancing university research and training infrastructure.
The Energy Department is also awarding $20 million for 5 Integrated Research Projects (IRPs) that will deliver solutions to high priority nuclear energy research challenges, including instrumentation and vacuum drying systems associated with the storage of used nuclear fuel; an integrated approach to fluoride high temperature reactor technology development; and advanced instrumentation to support transient testing.
Additionally, $11 million will be awarded for 12 research and development projects led by US universities, Department of Energy national laboratories and industry in support of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technology Development Program (NEET CTD) to address crosscutting nuclear energy challenges. Two infrastructure enhancement projects totaling more than $1 million will be awarded to Department of Energy national laboratories to further reactor materials and instrumentation research.
Since 2009, the Energy Department’s Office of Nuclear Energy has awarded approximately $350 million to 98 US colleges and universities.