Funding Alert: Up to $40M for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development

TL;DR: $400M (up to $40M per award) is available for United States owned industry entities working on advanced nuclear technologies.


Closing date: Rolling annual — Jan 31, April 30, July 31, Oct 31
Expected number of awards: Multiple
Award amount: Up to $40M
How to apply: Start here

What is the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy?

The primary mission of the Office of Nuclear Energy is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the Nation’s energy, environmental, and national security needs. This is accomplished by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development, and demonstration, as appropriate. The development of improved advanced nuclear reactor designs and technologies, as well as improvements in the operation of the existing domestic fleet of nuclear power plants, is the most important aspect of assuring that nuclear power will be a viable option for the United States (U.S.) energy needs for generations to come.

Why Advanced Nuclear Technology Development?

The fundamental premise behind this funding is to provide direct support of innovative, domestic nuclear industry-driven designs and technologies that have high potential to improve the overall economic outlook for nuclear power in the U.S.

The objective of this FOA is to support innovation and competitiveness of the U.S. nuclear industry through cost-shared, cross-cutting basic/fundamental, applied R&D, and demonstration/commercial application R&D activities for all aspects of existing and advanced reactor development. These activities may include development of technologies that improve the capability of the existing fleet, methods to improve the timelines for advanced reactor deployments, the cost and schedule for delivery of nuclear products, services, and capabilities supporting these nuclear technologies, design and engineering processes, and resolution of regulatory/certification issues potentially impeding the introduction of these technologies into the marketplace. The cost-shared activities envisioned under this FOA would address industry-identified projects from a very broad scope of technical topical areas.

How does this funding work?

This funding provides awards to United States owned industry entities. DOE performs an initial eligibility review of applicant submissions to determine whether they meet the eligibility requirements of Section III of the FOA.

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