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
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 17 new grants awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: no grants awarded (or 3 if the continued funding of the Consortia counts). Fiscal Year 2016: 1 new grant awarded.
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, 1684 Stat. 42, 2051 U.S.C 3157; 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, 1240 Stat. 42, 5817 U.S.C ; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.
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 . This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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
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 Service Center 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 Service Center 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 NNSA Service Center.
How are proposals selected?
The selection process will be determined on the following criteria: 1) mission relevance; 2) overall scientific and technical merit; 3) research duplication and 4) management approach.
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?
No program reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Quarterly Progress reports, and final reports are required. Also progress is reported annually at the University Industry Technical Interchange meeting for the life of the project. In the first year creation of a poster for project presentation is required and formal presentations are required thereafter. All projects are subject to this audit process. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Independent performance and merit reviews are required in the second year of the lifecycle. All projects are subject to this audit process.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The grant period is for up to three 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 three year lifecycles in one lump sum. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Depending on the program some can be awarded lump sum or incrementally funded.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Ivy D. Martin, 1000 Independence Ave SW, Washington , District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (202) 586-2246 Fax: (202) 586-0485.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $24,458,745; FY 15 est $5,000,000; and FY 16 est $15,000,000
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 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: no new grants. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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