The mission of the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) is to drive innovative research that develops technologies and expertise to detect foreign nuclear proliferation activities
and produces technologies for integration into operational systems by leveraging capabilities at the national laboratories, plants, and sites, as well as at universities and within private industry.
DNN R&D supports U. S. national and nuclear security objectives in reducing global nuclear security threats through the innovation of unilateral and multi-lateral technical capabilities to detect, identify, and characterize:
1) foreign nuclear weapons development activities; 2) illicit diversion of special nuclear materials; 3) nuclear explosions globally; and 4) stewarding U. S. technical capabilities in nuclear nonproliferation.
Throughout this document the term, DOE National Laboratories, is used to collectively refer to DOE and NNSA National Laboratories, Plants, Sites, and Complexes.
For DNN R&D, the role of Institutions of Higher Education (IHE; as defined in Section III.A.
below) is to innovate, develop, and prove some of the most challenging basic aspects of new technology and methods in coordination with the DOE National Laboratories which can in turn fulfill their unique role to perform mission-specific research and development that improves on capabilities until they are either adopted by operational enterprises or transitioned into private industry for commercialization.
Transparently and effectively linking the roles of these IHE and DOE National Laboratory represents the core of how DNN R&D proposes to meet its objectives.
The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to award ONE five-year cooperative agreement(s) to a consortium consisting of accredited IHE’s to allow them to receive and administer funds for student and faculty research, fellowships, and scholarship funding awarded by DOE/NNSA, DNN R&D.
The cooperative agreement will be awarded to a consortium of IHEs that include the participation of DOE National Laboratories as consortium-members.
Individual consortium-member IHEs shall make specific contributions and shall receive specified portions of the funding.
The consortium may include student and research fellows and must have a long-term objective of building expertise in scientific disciplines directly relevant to nuclear forensics.
Research results should be incorporated readily into IHE curricula.
Students, faculty, and researchers must be able to work unencumbered while moving across organizational and bureaucratic boundaries of the academic and governmental facilities engaged in the consortium, while properly protecting critical information and materials.
The consortium should establish reciprocal arrangements between the lead IHE and other IHEs as well as relationships with appropriate DOE National Laboratories.A.
TYPE OF AWARD INSTRUMENT DOE/NNSA anticipates awarding a cooperative agreement under this funding opportunity announcement.B.
ESTIMATED FUNDING Approximately $5 million a year is expected to be available for an award under this announcement, contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds.
MAXIMUM AND MINIMUM AWARD SIZE The ceiling amount of $25,000,000 is expected to be available contingent upon the availability of funds for all five years.
EXPECTED NUMBER OF AWARDS DOE/NNSA anticipates making one award under this announcement but reserves the right to make more or less than one award.E.
ANTICIPATED AWARD SIZE .DOE/NNSA may fund $25 million under this FOA, contingent upon the availability of appropriate funds for all five years.
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE DOE/NNSA anticipates notifying the applicant selected for award by January 202 3. The award is expected to start on July 01, 2023, depending on availability of funds.
DOE/NNSA anticipates making award(s) that will run no longer than 5 years.