University Nuclear Science and Reactor Support


To provide financial support for research design, analysis, and assessments in science and technology in fields related to nuclear energy.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 11/01/2009 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
Grants have been awarded to individuals pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering and nuclear science related areas; departments for instrumentation upgrades and research; and university research reactors for maintenance, operation and student outreach.
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, 42 U.S.C. 7101.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, joint venture, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization 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 OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Informal communication addressed to the appropriate Headquarters Office listed below is desirable before preparing a detailed formal proposal. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program.
Application Procedure
A detailed formal proposal by the organization interested in doing the work must be submitted. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Applications are processed by the assigned staff and approved by the Program Director.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range is 12 months.
Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Headquarters Office.
How are proposals selected?
Technical merit of the proposal, appropriateness of the proposal method or approach, relevance to nuclear energy research and development, potential contribution to knowledge, and the background and experience of applicants are considered.
How may assistance be used?
In support of nuclear energy related research and development financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for: salaries, materials, supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, supporting costs required for technical activities, market analyses, financing plans, and other activities necessary to achieve the objective.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The schedule of reports is arranged at the time of negotiation.
Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the period and/or before final payment. The extend and frequency of audit depend on the size of the grant and the particular grant provisions.
Awardee is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate total costs incurred under the agreement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
There are no formal requirements; cost-sharing is encouraged.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The period of performance is determined through negotiation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Idaho Operations Office. Contact: Elizabeth Elizondo, Program Manager. Telephone: (208) 526-4169.
Headquarters Office
Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology (NE-30), 19901 Germantown Road, Germantown, MD 20874. Contact: Nancy Hebron-Isreal Telephone: (301) 903-1536.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Grants) FY 02 $17,500,000; FY 03 est $18,500,000; and FY 04 est $18,500,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
A maximum of $20,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Department of Energy Regulation 10 CFR 600 apply.
Examples of Funded Projects
Grants have been awarded for university research reactors, fuel conversion, reactor sharing, matching programs, fellowships and scholarships to nuclear engineering students, nuclear engineering education research, radiochemistry, and recruitment activities.


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