U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Research Financial Assistance Program

The Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) furthers the regulatory mission of the NRC by providing technical advice, technical tools and information for identifying and resolving safety issues, making regulatory decisions, and promulgating regulations and guidance.

RES conducts independent
experiments and analyses, develops technical bases for supporting realistic safety decisions by the agency, and prepares the agency for the future by evaluating safety issues involving current and new designs and technologies.

RES develops its program with consideration of Commission direction and input from the program offices and other stakeholders.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: Safety Curriculum Development to Facilitate Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century
- Development of a Nuclear Certification for Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Security and Nuclear Environmental Protection within a Mechanical Engineering Department
- Meeting the Demand for Young Engineers with Knowledge of Engineering Risk, Uncertainty and Decision Analysis
- Research on the Advanced VHTR Gas-Cooled Reactor
- Reprocessing and Interpretation of Seismic Reflection Data to Investigate Recently Discovered Faulting in the Epicentral Areas of the 1886 Charlestown Earthquake
- Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering
- In the Area of Advanced Methods for Probabilistic Risk Assessment
- Fracture of Hydrided Zircalogy under Thorough-Thickness Crack Growth
- Probabilistic Risk Assessment Training
- Basic Research on High Temperature Gas Reactor Thermal Hydraulics and Reactor Physics.

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Agency - Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Nuclear Reactor Safety Research
Nuclear Materials Safety Research
Radioactive Waste Safety Research
Fire Research Program
Computer Codes for Simulation of Scientific Phenomena and Prediction of their Behavior.
Radiological Toolbox
Digital Instrumentation and Controls (I&C)
State-of-the-Art Reactor Consequence Analyses (SOARCA). Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program provides funding to educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, and professional organizations.

The award recipient bears primary responsibility for general supervision of all financial assistance activities.

Funds may not be used for purposes other than those specified in the award.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research).

Sponsored organization: Higher Education (includes Research).

Other public institution/organization: Higher Education (includes Research).


Territories and possessions (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research).

Non-Government - General: Higher Education (includes Research).

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Higher Education (includes Research).

Quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization: Higher Education (includes Research)

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization; Other public institution/organization; Private nonprofit institution/organization; Quasi-public nonprofit organization; Anyone/general public


Costs will be determined by Office of Management and Budget Circulars and Guidance in 2 CFR 215-230. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research, Division of Program Management, Policy Development & Analysis Staff, 301-251-7668.

Telecommunications for the hearing impaired are available at: TDD 1-800-635-4512.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The NRC will accept electronic applications only from organizations submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) posted at www.grants.gov. Apply using the electronic application package required in the FOA. Responding to a FOA ensures that the correct application package is used and enables NRC to receive the application from Grants.gov.

* Note: FOA is Grants.gov s terminology for what NRC refers to as Program Announcement (PA), Agency Announcement (AA), or Funding Notice (FN).

Award Procedures

Applications are processed by the assigned NRC staff based on a set of criteria established by the NRC.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Energy Policy Act of 2005, Title , Part , Section 651(c), Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 801, 42 U.S.C 2051(a)(b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


Not Applicable.


Proposals for renewal/continuations are subject to the review and acceptance by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The project periods for both grants and cooperative agreements shall not exceed five (5) years at intervals determined at the time of the award. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Financial reports will be stipulated in the terms of award in compliance with 2 CFR 215.51 and 2 CFR 215.52.

Progress reports and final report requirements will be stipulated in the terms of award in compliance with 2 CFR 215.5.

The Recipient shall submit a "Federal Financial Report" (SF-425) as specified in the terms of award.

Performance report monitoring will be conducted as stipulated in the terms of award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Award recipients must comply with 2 CFR 215.53 "Retention and Access Requirements for Records.".

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts)) FY 08 $1,129,129; FY 09 est $1,500,000; FY 10 est $1,500,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Award amounts range from $25,000 to $75,000 in FY2008.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Reports or brochures on regulatory decisions, results of research, results of incident investigations, and other technical and administrative information are available at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Mary Muessle 21 Church Street, Rockville, Maryland 20853 Email: Mary.Muessle@nrc.gov Phone: 301-251-7668

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection of Research support through financial assistance methods may be made to support basic, advanced, and developmental scientific research where the purpose is to conduct or further that research at nonprofit institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, and professional organizations.

Factors generally indicating support through financial assistance methods:
- the primary purpose of the proposal is to aid or support the development of knowledge or understanding of the subject or phenomena under study;
- the exact course of the work and its outcome are not defined precisely and specific points in time for achievement of significant results may not be specified;
- the nature of the proposed work is such that the recipient will bear prime responsibility for the conduct of the research and will exercise judgment and original thought toward attaining the scientific goals within broad parameters of the research areas proposed and the related resources provided;
- the research problem requires long-term support (that is, in excess of 1 year) for the study to mature to maximum scientific effectiveness (this does not preclude shorter term assistance);
- meaningful technical reports (as distinguished from semiannual status reports) can be prepared only as new findings are made rather than on a predetermined time schedule; and
- simplicity and economy in execution and administration are mutually desirable.

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