Nuclear Energy Research, Development and Demonstration


Provide financial assistance to address key issues affecting the worldwide use of nuclear energy through the research, development, and demonstration of science and technology fields related to nuclear energy and its underlying sciences.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: See the NE Web site at Fiscal Year 2015: Similar to prior years. Fiscal Year 2016: Similar to prior years.
Atomic Energy Act, Section 31, Public Law 83- 703, 42 U.S.C 2051; Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 32, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C 5817; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C 7101.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federal, State, local governments, universities, consortia, nonprofit institutions, commercial corporations, and individuals may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, joint venture, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization will benefit.
Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200, and as amended by 910. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is 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. DOE solicitations set forth award procedures. Refer to for additional information.
Award Procedure
DOE solicitations set forth award procedures. Applications will receive an objective merit review. The objective merit review will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation. Evaluations will be coordinated by a Merit Review Chair and conducted by a review board. This responsibility will be performed by the Office of Nuclear Energy or delegated to a DOE Operations Office. Final decisions will be made by the approved Program Officer or the delegated Source Selection Official. For additional information, please refer to
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. Normally 6 to 9 months.

Deadlines for submissions will be posted in the individual funding opportunities posted at
Not Applicable.
Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Program Director or Selection Official.
How are proposals selected?
Each proposal will be evaluated based on an objective merit review in accordance with the requirement of "DOE Financial Assistance Regulations" (2 CFR 200) and the evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitations. These criteria will include: appropriateness of the proposal method or approach, competency of research personnel and adequacy of proposed resources, reasonableness and appropriateness of the proposed budget, and other appropriate factors.
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance, opportunities are defined in individual solicitations available on the DOE website or Notices published on define research, development, and demonstration areas that the Department intends to support such as: advanced reactors, fuel and reactor concepts that minimize proliferation risks, nuclear fuel and fuel cycles, advanced instrumentation, controls, simulation, modeling and analyses, nuclear waste management, construction, manufacturing and fabrication technologies, and related fundamental nuclear science areas in materials, reactor physics, chemistry, radiochemistry, health physics, and thermal hydraulics and fluid dynamics. Notices published on define development or demonstration projects and study areas activities that the Department intends to support such as: advanced designs, technologies or techniques, new regulatory or licensing requirements, and economic analyses. For a given solicitation, financial assistance may be available in whole or in part, for the following in support of nuclear energy research and related fields in development and demonstration activities: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical activities, market analyses, financing plans and other activities necessary to achieve the objective. Restrictions on use of funds depend on solicitation and award provisions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
As stated in each solicitation. Cash reports are not applicable. As stated in each solicitation. Normally quarterly financial status reports will be required. Performance monitoring is tracked and reported according to set procedures dictated in each solicitation.
Not Applicable.
Award recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate total costs incurred under the agreement and as required by the financial assistance award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. As stated in each solicitation.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance and schedule of DOE payments is arranged at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: ASAP Method of Payment.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Office of Nuclear Energy, 1000 Independence Ave. SW Washington DC 20585
Contact: Ken Osborne, Telephone: (301) 903-3723.
Headquarters Office
Ken Osborne 1000 Independence Ave, SW , Washington , District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (301) 903-3723
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 14 $175,081,367; FY 15 est $172,263,384; and FY 16 est $180,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award Range:$400,000 to 1,000,000. Average Award Amount: $800,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
NE Federal Register notices; NE Solicitations; DOE Financial Assistance Regulations (2 CFR 200); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Procurement and Assistance Management webpage at:
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: See the NE Web site at Fiscal Year 2015: See the NE Web site at Fiscal Year 2016: Similar to previous years.


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