The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released two funding opportunities meant to spur nuclear energy research and development at U.S. colleges and universities.

DOE has allocated a combined $7 million for the University Reactor Sharing and Outreach Program and University Nuclear Research Infrastructure Revitalization FOAs. These FOAs are designed to increase access to nuclear energy instruction, remove barriers to participation in nuclear research and development, and inspire more students to consider careers in nuclear energy. 

The University Nuclear Research Infrastructure Revitalization FOA supports increased capacity for university-led nuclear R&D by establishing or improving university nuclear facilities, equipment, and other related capabilities. DOE plans to award one $6 million award to an eligible university.

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The University Reactor Sharing and Outreach Program FOA encourages universities with existing nuclear research reactors to share resources and facilities with educational institutions that currently do not have access to research reactors. This could include K-12 schools, vocational schools, community colleges, or other colleges and universities. This FOA also promotes engagement with underrepresented communities to increase nuclear science, engineering, and technology awareness. DOE anticipates making up to five awards worth $200K each.  

Applications for each FOA are due no later than 5 p.m. MT on February 14, 2024. DOE plans to announce awards in the spring of 2024. The awards will be issued through DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP). To date, NEUP has invested more than $924 million in U.S. universities and colleges.  

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