Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research

To conduct basic and applied research and development that enhances U.S.

national security and reduces the global danger from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and special nuclear materials through needs- driven research and development.

The emphasis is on developing the
requisite technologies to detect and deter nuclear proliferation and to meet U.S.

nuclear detonation detection goals.

Research focuses on advanced detection systems and concepts to support current and future USG policies.

Support also-address the pressing shortfalls in trained professionals capable of supporting crucial nuclear nonproliferation missions such as nuclear forensics and international safeguards.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: In Oct.

2015, DNN R&D awarded a grant to University of California Berkeley via FOA.

This proposal for the Nuclear Science and Security Consortium (NSSC) enlists eight of the nation?s premier educational institutions and five DOE national laboratories to grow and strengthen the human capital available for the nation?s nuclear security mission.

Our team pools some of the leading educational and research resources in physics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, materials science, and public policy to attract highly qualified students into these fields and advance them to be leaders in the future nuclear security workforce. The consortia has University of California Berkeley as the lead institution, joined by Michigan State University, University of California Davis, University of California Irvine, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas; and newly added partners: the George Washington University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

These eight universities partner with five national laboratories: Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory. This proposal for the NSSC maintains as its two primary objectives: (i) the further expansion of the talent pipeline we have established to provide new nonproliferation experts for careers in the DOE laboratories and related federal service, and (ii) to provide fresh concepts, technologies and paradigms to the national laboratories for the nonproliferation mission. The NSSC represents an end-to-end approach, from recruitment of students at all levels to transition to early career phases.

At the input end of the pipeline, promising and interested undergraduate and graduate students will be identified and exposed to all aspects of the field of nuclear security. Undergraduate research assistants, graduate student fellows, and postdoctoral scholars will engage in basic science research and technology development relevant to the nuclear security mission.

Through research internships at partnering national labs, scholarships and fellowships, and workshops and summer schools, a broad and diverse student population will be trained in a wide range of technical areas essential for the nuclear security professional.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Varian Medical Systems Gesellschaft M.b.h. $ 1,257,216   2018-04-012024-04-30
President And Fellows Of Middlebury College $ 453,322   2018-10-012023-09-30
University Of California, San Diego $ 333,451   2018-10-012023-09-30
Pacific Forum International $ 885,218   2018-10-012023-09-30
Texas A&m Engineering Experiment Station $ 480,000   2018-10-012023-09-30
Carnegie Mellon University $ 825,000   2019-07-012023-06-30
Society Of Nuclear Medicine And Molecular Imaging $ 500,000   2020-06-302023-06-29
Radiological Society Of North America, Inc. $ 751,163   2020-06-162023-06-15
World Institute For Nuclear Security/ Weltweites Institut FÜr Nukleare Sicherheit, Kurz: Wins $ 3,100,000   2019-04-252022-09-30
University Of California, San Diego $ 244,598   2019-08-202022-08-19

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: one grant awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: 0 new grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: 0 new grants will be awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, materials, supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, services required for conducting nonproliferation research and development to reduce the global danger from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Construction or related costs are not allowed under these project grants.

All work must comply with export control regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Universities (public and private), institutions of higher education, whose activities benefit the general public through results which are available to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), other U.S.

government agencies, and universities and institutions of higher learning may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The NNSA, other U.S. government agencies, universities and institutions of higher learning will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher learning. For Non-government organizations, Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 . 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not 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. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The NNSA Albuquerque Complex in Albuquerque, New Mexico issues Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) under which formal applications may be submitted by a scientist or principal investigator who will conduct or lead the research team. The FOAs will be posted to which can be accessed at:

Award Procedures

Evaluations will be conducted by technical staff assigned to the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development or at the DOE national laboratories. Final decisions for approval are made by the source selection authority. DOE/NNSA Procurement is then instructed to negotiate and prepare the grant award documents. Program management responsibilities may be delegated as a whole or in part to the NNSA Albuquerque Complex or NNSA Site Offices.


Not Applicable.


Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 3157, Public Law 101-189, 103 Stat. 1684, 42 U.S.C. 2051 , Section 3157, 1684 Stat. 42, 2051 U.S.C , Section 3157, 1684 Stat. 42, 2051 U.S.C 3157; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817, Title I, Section 107, 1240 Stat. 42, 5817 U.S.C ; Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Deadlines will be provided in the individual FOAs posted at


Not Applicable.


Grants will be modified and extended as required. Renewals are subject to an annual review by the Headquarters and/or or NNSA Albuquerque Complex.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The grant period is for up to five years depending upon available appropriations. The schedule of payments is arranged at the time of award, but it is expected that proposals will be fully funded for their five year lifecycles in one lump sum. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Depending on the program some can be awarded lump sum or incrementally funded. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Depending on the program some can be awarded lump sum or incrementally funded.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Quarterly Progress reports, and final reports are required.Also progress is reported annually at the University Program Review for the life of the project.

Expenditure reports are required monthly.

Independent performance and merit reviews are required in the second year of the lifecycle.


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. All projects are subject to this audit process.



Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $15,000,000; FY 17 est $15,000,000; and FY 18 est $15,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The expected range of Awards is approximately $25,000,000; $5,000,000/year for five years for the lifecycle of the project.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

See Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); 10 CFR 600 and OMB Circulars

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ivy D. Martin, 1000 Independence Ave SW, Washington , District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (202) 586-2246 Fax: (202) 586-0485.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection process will be determined on the following criteria: 1) technical merit; 2) team capabilities; 3) past experience.

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