The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $7.4 million to eight projects at seven U.S. universities to advance nuclear energy infrastructure and instruction.

The funding is meant to support improvements and upgrades to university research reactors, as well as provide K-12, vocational schools and other colleges access to university research reactors to increase nuclear science, engineering and technology awareness.  

“These awards will provide greater access to nuclear energy instruction and remove barriers to participating in nuclear research and development,” said Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dr. Mike Goff. “By investing in our nation’s colleges and universities, we are empowering future generations to consider careers in nuclear energy.” 

The awards are funded under two DOE Office of Nuclear Energy funding opportunities. The University Nuclear Research Infrastructure Revitalization funding opportunity supports increased capacity for university-led nuclear research and development by establishing or improving university nuclear facilities, equipment, and other related capabilities through a consortium.  

The University Reactor Sharing and Outreach Program funding opportunity encourages universities with existing nuclear research reactors to share resources and facilities with educational institutions that currently do not have access to research reactors. DOE is awarding seven universities $200,000 each for a total of $1.4 million in funding support.

To date, the Office of Nuclear Energy has invested more than $1 billion in total funding to students and faculty advancing nuclear energy research and training the next generation of nuclear energy leaders.

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