The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0001313) to support the research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts. The announcement represents an early step in increasing investment in nuclear advanced reactor technologies, the DOE said.
DOE will partner with industry to fund up to two awards of approximately $6.0 million each in FY 2015. The Energy Department will invest up to $3.6 million in each project, with a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) providing up to an additional $2.4 million. Recipients will be required to invest $1.5 million as part of the cost share. The funding opportunity allows for multiple-year funding for up to two awards with a total of $40 million in DOE cost share per award.
We have been encouraged by recent interest in advanced reactor technology. We believe this funding opportunity will foster scientific innovation to advance the goals of the Department in developing clean energy technologies.—Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy John Kotek
The objective of this FOA is to support two performance-based advanced reactor concepts for further development in the areas of safety, operations, and economics. The expected outcome of the resulting awards are to assess feasibility questions; to solve technical issues; to address licensing challenges; and to demonstrate the technical viability of the concepts features.
Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent by 31 August 2015. The application due date is 5 October 2015. DOE will issue a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document addressing questions regarding this FOA. The Department will also conduct a Webinar covering project details and FOA application instructions at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on 24 August 2015.
DOE anticipates notifying applicants selected for award by late November 2015 and making award(s) by early February 2016. DOE reserves the right to make additional award selections using applications submitted in response to this FOA for up to two years after the initial award selection date, if agreed to by the applicant(s) selected for additional award(s). Award(s) for this project are subject to the availability of Federal funding.