U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Research Financial Assistance Program


The Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES) furthers the regulatory mission of the NRC by providing technical advice, technical tools and information for identifying and resolving safety issues, making regulatory decisions, and promulgating regulations and guidance. RES conducts independent experiments and analyses, develops technical bases for supporting realistic safety decisions by the agency, and prepares the agency for the future by evaluating safety issues involving current and new designs and technologies. RES develops its program with consideration of Commission direction and input from the program offices and other stakeholders.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 651(c), Public Law 109-58, 42 U.S.C. 2051(a)(b), Statute 119,801
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Administration and cost will be determined in accordance with guidance in 2 CFR 200.
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. Apply using the electronic application package required in the Funding Opportunity Announcement this enables NRC to receive the application from Grants.gov.
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 Oppurtunity Announcement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Please see the active Funding Opportunity Announcement for published response deadlines.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selection for support by the Office of Research through financial assistance methods are made to basic, advanced, and developmental scientific programs where the purpose is to create new or further define existing paradigms within the nuclear industry. Factors generally indicating support through financial assistance methods: - the primary purpose of the proposal is to aid or support the development of knowledge or understanding of the subject or phenomena under study; - the exact course of the work and its outcome are not defined precisely and specific points in time for achievement of significant results may not be specified; - the nature of the proposed work is such that the recipient will bear prime responsibility for the conduct of the research and will exercise judgment and original thought toward attaining the scientific goals within broad parameters of the research areas proposed and the related resources provided; - meaningful technical reports can be prepared only as new findings are made; and - simplicity and economy in execution and administration are mutually desirable.
How may assistance be used?
This program provides funding to educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, State and local governments, and professional organizations. The award recipient bears primary responsibility for general supervision of all financial assistance activities. Funds may not be used for purposes other than those specified in the award.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The recipient shall adhere to the performance monitoring requirements as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.
Not applicable.
The recipient shall adhere to the records management requirements as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.
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 period of performance for project grants and cooperative agreements shall not exceed 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
M'Lita Carr
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Two White Flint North
11545 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop: TWFN - 8E06M
Rockville, MD 20852 US
Phone: 301-415-6869
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$803,399.00; FY 19 est $341,621.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17 Estimate Not Available FY 16$1,400,000.00; Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts range from $5,000.00 to $225,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Reports or brochures on regulatory decisions, results of research, results of incident investigations, and other technical and administrative information are available at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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