U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Scholarship And Fellowship Program

This Scholarship and Fellowship program provides funding for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, trade school and community college scholarships. In addition, faculty development grants are funded under this authority as explained below. The program allows students to pursue an education in science, engineering, or another field of study that the Commission determines is in a critical skill area related to its regulatory mission. The trade school and community college scholarship program supports certificates or Associate degrees in crafts/disciplines necessary for developing and maintaining a nuclear workforce.

This activity is intended to benefit the nuclear industry broadly. NRC requires scholarship and fellowship students to comply with a service obligation agreement for a period of 6 months for every year or partial year of support received. However, the NRC may establish criteria for the partial or total waiver or suspension of any obligation of service or payment incurred by a student. The employment may be with the NRC, other Federal agencies, State agencies, nuclear-related industry, or academia in the studentsí sponsored fields of study. Recipients of scholarship and fellowships must commit to the service obligation agreement.

The program also supports faculty development in the nuclear-related fields of Nuclear Engineering, Health Physics, Radiochemistry and related disciplines as determined by the NRC. The program specifically targets probationary, tenure-track faculty in these academic areas during the first 6 years of their career.

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Federal Agency
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
This program provides funding to accredited post-secondary schools and institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, fellowships, and stipends to develop a cadre of professionals, and a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. Faculty development grants provide support for developing applications for research, small amounts for initiating or continuing research projects in their areas of expertise, and expenses associated with an institutionís faculty development plan.

Funds are managed by the awardee institution. Primary responsibility for general supervision of all grant activities rests with the grantee institution. Funds many not be used for purposes other than those specified in the award. Fellowships, scholarship and stipends are paid to the students and fellows directly through his/her institution. Scholarship and fellowship recipients are required to comply with a service obligation agreement for a period of 6 months for every year or partial year of support received.
Energy Policy Act of 2005.

, Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 801, 42 U.S.C 2051.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be a U.S. public or private institutions of higher education, accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individual Recipients must be undergraduate and graduate students of accredited U.S. public or private institutions of higher education. Candidates for the Faculty Development program are targeted for probationary, tenure-track faculty in nuclear related fields during the first 6 years of their career. All recipients must be U.S. citizens or noncitizen national of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
Administration and cost will be determined in accordance with guidance in 2 CFR 215 and 2 CFR 220, respectively, for institutions of higher education. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Apply using the electronic application package required in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (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 Procedure
Applications are processed by the assigned staff and approved by the NRC, based on a set of criteria established by the NRC, as stated in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 120 to 180 days. Contact information can be found in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).
Not Applicable.
Not applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance for project grants shall be between 2 and 4 years (depending on the program); intervals are determined at the time of award. Funds must be expended within the active period of performance. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Semi-annual progress reports (reported on SF-PPR, SF-PPR-B, and SF-PPR-E) and final report requirements will be stipulated in the terms of award in compliance with 2 CFR 215.51. The recipient shall submit a "Federal Financial Report," SF-425 at intervals specified in the terms of award in compliance with 2 CFR 215.52. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
Awardees must comply with 2 CFR 215.53, "Retention and Access Requirements for Records.".
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 12 Not Available; FY 13 Estimate Not Available; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available - FY 11, $5,000,000; and FY 12 and FY 13, approximately $15 million - Funds availability are subject to annual appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 11, $5,000,000; and FY 12 and FY 13, approximately $15 million - Funds availability are subject to annual appropriations.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Reports, brochures, guidelines, and frequently asked questions are available at http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/grants.html.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Nancy Hebron-Isreal 11555 Rockville Pike
Mail Stop: 03A36, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: nancy.hebron-isreal@nrc.gov Phone: 301-287-0718
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Capacity and ability of the institution to effectively conduct the program. Number and quality of students that will be served by the program. Justification for number of students served and amount of stipend and scholarship support. Quality and feasibility of recruitment and marketing strategies. Quality of technical programs for scholarship or fellowship programs. Type of student support, i.e. mentoring or advisor assistance feasibility and completeness of an evaluation plan that will measure the effectiveness of the scholarship or fellowship program Institutional support for the program and the extent to which the institution is committed to making the program an organizational focus. Plans for sustainability. Additional merit review considerations apply. See the selection criteria as stated in the funding opportunity announcement.
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