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.

Agency - Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
American Nuclear Society Incorporated $ 118,000   2020-02-042025-02-03
Conference Of Radiation Control Program Directors, Inc. $ 90,000   2016-09-012023-08-31
University Of Florida $ 867,067   2014-09-302020-03-31
American Nuclear Society Incorporated $ 246,268   2015-02-042020-02-03
Purdue University $ 390,902   2014-09-302019-09-29
National Academy Of Sciences $ 5,000   2018-09-182019-09-17
American Nuclear Society Incorporated $ 7,000   2018-09-052019-02-28
International Commission On Radiological Protection $ 325,000   2011-09-262018-09-25
Northwestern University $ 874,718   2014-09-302018-08-31
Kansas State University $ 224,933   2015-05-012018-04-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



Administration and cost will be determined in accordance with guidance in 2 CFR 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 651(c), Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 801, 42 U.S.C 2051(a)(b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Please see the active Funding Opportunity Announcement for published response deadlines.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

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 sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

The recipient shall submit 'Performance Progress Reports' (reported on SF-PPR, SF-PPR-B, and SF-PPR-E) and a final report as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.

The recipient shall submit 'Federal Financial Reports,' (reported on SF-425) as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.

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.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,400,000; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 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/

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

M'Lita Carr Nuclear Regulatory Commission Two White Flint North 11545 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop: TWFN - 8E06M, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: MLita.Carr@nrc.gov Phone: 301-415-6869

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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