University Reactor Infrastructure and Education Support

To provide financial support for research design, equipment upgrades, student support, analysis, and assessments in science and technology in fields related to nuclear energy.


Examples of Funded Projects

Grants have been awarded for university research reactors, fuel conversion, reactor sharing, matching programs, fellowships and scholarships to nuclear engineering students, nuclear engineering education research, radiochemistry, and recruitment activities.


Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Office - Idaho Operations Office.

Contact: Nancy Elizondo, Program Manager.

Telephone: (208) 526-4169.


Program Accomplishments

Grants have been awarded to individuals pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering and nuclear science related areas; departments for instrumentation upgrades and nuclear energy-related research; and university research reactors for maintenance, operation and student outreach.

Uses and Use Restrictions

In support of nuclear energy related research and development, equipment upgrades, and student support, financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for: salaries, materials, supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, supporting costs required for technical activities, market analyses, financing plans, and other activities necessary to achieve the objective.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, joint venture, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization may apply.

Certain programs under this CFDA have specific eligibility requirements related to university nuclear engineering degree programs or operating university research reactor.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, joint venture, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization will benefit. Certain programs under this CFDA have specific eligibility requirements related to university nuclear engineering degree programs or operating university research reactor.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal communication addressed to the appropriate Headquarters Office listed below is desirable before preparing a detailed formal proposal.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

Application Procedures

A detailed formal proposal by the organization interested in doing the work must be submitted. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Applications are processed by the assigned staff and approved by the Program Director.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 32, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range is 12 months.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Headquarters Office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

There are no formal requirements; cost-sharing is encouraged. Under the Matching Grants program, eligible universities must provide documentation of a match equal to that provided by DOE.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance is determined through negotiation.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The schedule of reports is arranged at the time of negotiation.

Audits

Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the period and/or before final payment. The extend and frequency of audit depend on the size of the grant and the particular grant provisions.

Records

Awardee is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate total costs incurred under the agreement.

Financial Information

Account Identification

89-0224-0-1-271.

Obigations

(Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 07 $12,131,633; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Approximately $50K-$300K per award, with a maximum of $12,000,000 for awards involving multiple institutions (approximately seven).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Department of Energy Regulation 10 CFR 600 apply.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Idaho Operations Office. Contact: Nancy Elizondo, Program Manager. Telephone: (208) 526-4169.

Headquarters Office

Office of Nuclear Energy, Germantown Building, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585-1290. Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Power Development (NE- 3), Contact: Suibel Schuppner. Telephone: (301) 903-1652.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Technical merit of the proposal, appropriateness of the proposal method or approach, relevance to nuclear energy research and development, potential contribution to knowledge, and the background and experience of applicants are considered.



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