Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research


To conduct basic and applied research and development that enhances U.S. national security and reduces the global danger from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and special nuclear materials through needs- driven research and development. The emphasis is on developing the requisite technologies to detect and deter nuclear proliferation and to meet U.S. nuclear detonation detection goals. Research focuses on advanced detection systems and concepts to support current and future USG policies. Support also-address the pressing shortfalls in trained professionals capable of supporting crucial nuclear nonproliferation missions such as nuclear forensics and international safeguards.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817, Title I, Section 107, Public Law -93-438; 88 , 5817 U.S.C. , Statute 1240,42
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 3157, Public Law 101-189, 103 Stat. 1684, 42 U.S.C. 2051 , Section 3157, 1684 Stat. 42, 2051 U.S.C, Section 3157, Public Law -101-189, 103 , 2051 U.S.C. 3157, Statute 1684,42
Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101, Public Law -95-91, 42
Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577, Public Law -93-577
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Universities (public and private), institutions of higher education, whose activities benefit the general public through results which are available to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), other U.S. government agencies, and universities and institutions of higher learning may apply
Beneficiary Eligibility
The NNSA, other U.S. government agencies, universities and institutions of higher learning will benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher learning. For Non-government organizations, Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 .
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The NNSA Albuquerque Complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico issues Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) under which formal applications may be submitted by a scientist or principal investigator who will conduct or lead the research team. The FOAs will be posted to which can be accessed at:
Award Procedure
Evaluations will be conducted by technical staff assigned to the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development or at the DOE national laboratories. Final decisions for approval are made by the source selection authority. DOE/NNSA Procurement is then instructed to negotiate and prepare the grant award documents. Program management responsibilities may be delegated as a whole or in part to the NNSA Albuquerque Complex or NNSA Site Offices.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Deadlines will be provided in the individual FOAs posted at
Not applicable.
Grants will be modified and extended as required. Renewals are subject to an annual review by the Headquarters and/or or NNSA Albuquerque Complex.
How are proposals selected?
The selection process will be determined on the following criteria: 1) technical merit; 2) team capabilities; 3) past experience.
How may assistance be used?
Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, materials, supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, services required for conducting nonproliferation research and development to reduce the global danger from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Construction or related costs are not allowed under these project grants. All work must comply with export control regulations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Independent performance and merit reviews are required in the second year of the lifecycle.
All projects are subject to this audit process.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The grant period is for up to five years depending upon available appropriations. The schedule of payments is arranged at the time of award, but it is expected that proposals will be fully funded for their five year lifecycles. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Depending on the program some can be awarded lump sum or incrementally funded. Depending on the program some can be awarded lump sum or incrementally funded.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jonathan Baker
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20585 USA
Phone: 202-287-6575
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$15,000,000.00; FY 23 est $25,000,000.00; FY 24 est $20,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The expected range of Awards is approximately $25,000,000; $5,000,000/year for five years for the lifecycle of the project.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
See Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); 10 CFR 600 and OMB Circulars
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Nuclear Science and Security Consortium awarded to University of California – Berkeley. In Oct. 2015, DNN R&D awarded a grant to University of California Berkeley via FOA. This proposal for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) enlists eight of the nation’s premier educational institutions and five DOE national laboratories to grow and strengthen the human capital available for the nation’s nuclear security mission. Our team pools some of the leading educational and research resources in physics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, materials science, and public policy to attract highly qualified students into these fields and advance them to be leaders in the future nuclear security workforce. The consortia has University of California Berkeley as the lead institution, joined by Michigan State University, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas; and newly added partners: the George Washington University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. These eight universities partner with five national laboratories: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory. This proposal for the NSSC maintains as its two primary objectives: (i) the further expansion of the talent pipeline we have established to provide new nonproliferation experts for careers in the DOE laboratories and related federal service, and (ii) to provide fresh concepts, technologies and paradigms to the national laboratories for the nonproliferation mission. The NSSC represents an end-to-end approach, from recruitment of students at all levels to transition to early career phases. At the input end of the pipeline, promising and interested undergraduate and graduate students will be identified and exposed to all aspects of the field of nuclear security. Undergraduate research assistants, graduate student fellows, and postdoctoral scholars will engage in basic science research and technology development relevant to the nuclear security mission. Through research internships at partnering national labs, scholarships and fellowships, and workshops and summer schools, a broad and diverse student population will be trained in a wide range of technical areas essential for the nuclear security professional.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Current Data Available


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