The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Energy’s (DOE-NE) mission is to advance U. S. nuclear power in order to meet the nation's energy needs by:
1. Enhancing the long-term viability and competitiveness of the existing U. S. reactor fleet; 2. Developing an advanced reactor
pipeline; and, 3. Implementing and maintaining the national strategic fuel cycle and supply chain infrastructure.
Collectively, all NE-sponsored activities support the Department’s priorities to combat the climate crisis, create clean energy jobs with the free and fair chance to join a union and bargain collectively, and promote equity and environmental justice by delivering innovative clean energy technologies for nuclear energy systems.
All applications submitted under this CINR FOA must demonstrate a strong tie to at least one of these three mission priorities and highlight how it supports the DOE priorities.NE conducts crosscutting nuclear energy research and development (R&D) and associated infrastructure support activities to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for its mission needs as stated above, while maximizing the impact of DOE resources.DOE has established a Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) team, which has been working closely with the advanced nuclear design community to identify R&D objectives and work scopes that may be appropriately addressed through DOE programs.
Several of the work scopes contain explicit language as guidance; however, there are many additional work scopes that, at least tangentially, address needs identified in technology specific workshops.
Work scopes that may be addressed in activities funded under this CINR FOA are identified in Part IX, Appendices A-C of this CINR FOA.
Generally speaking, applications that offer flexibility or provision for addressing measurements, materials, and conditions relevant to private sector developers of fast-spectrum reactors (lead-cooled, sodium cooled, and gas cooled), molten salt reactors (MSR), or high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGCR) are encouraged.NE strives to promote integrated and collaborative research conducted by national laboratory, university, industry, and international partners under the direction of DOE-NE’s programs, and to deploy innovative nuclear energy technologies to the market in order to meet the strategic goals and optimize the benefits of nuclear energy.
DOE-NE funds research activities, through both competitive and direct mechanisms, as required to best meet the needs of DOE-NE.
This approach ensures a balanced R&D portfolio and encourages new nuclear power deployment with creative solutions to the universe of nuclear energy challenges.
This CINR FOA addresses the competitive portion of DOE-NE’s R&D portfolio, as executed through the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF).
NEUP utilizes up to 20% of funds appropriated to DOE-NE’s R&D program for university-based infrastructure support and R&D in key DOE-NE program-related areas:
Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FC R&D), Reactor Concepts Research Development and Demonstration (RC RD&D), Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS), and Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technology Development (NEET CTD).
By establishing the NSUF in 2007, DOE-NE opened up access to material test reactors, beam lines, and post-irradiation examination facilities to researchers from U. S. universities, industry, and national laboratories, by granting no-cost access to world-class nuclear research facilities.While this CINR FOA specifies many of DOE-NE’s current and upcoming R&D priorities, DOE-NE reserves the right to respond to potential shifts in R&D priorities during Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 that may be driven by events, policy developments, or Congressional/budget direction.
Further, DOE-NE reserves the right to fund all or part of an application to this CINR FOA.