Nuclear Energy Research, Development and Demonstration

Provide financial assistance to address key issues affecting the worldwide use of nuclear energy through the research, development, and demonstration of science and technology fields related to nuclear energy and its underlying sciences.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: See the NE Web site at

Fiscal Year 2017: Similar to previous years.

Fiscal Year 2018: Similar to previous years.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID), Fremont Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83415 Contact: Aaron Gravelle, Telephone: (208) 526-0208.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Advanced Reactor Concepts, Llc $ 5,030,538   2021-12-232025-12-22
Pennsylvania State University, The $ 179,715   2021-10-012023-11-30
Ohio State University, The $ 73,539   2021-10-012023-03-31
University Of Missouri System $ 585,013   2020-10-012023-02-28
Texas A&m University System,the $ 1,425,771   2017-02-142023-02-13
Southern Nuclear Development, Llc $ 272,000   2021-02-092023-02-08
Southern Ohio Diversification Initiative $ 2,261,894   2020-12-302022-12-29
Abilene Christian University $ 367,793   2021-10-012022-09-30
University Of Puerto Rico $ 250,000   2021-10-012022-09-30
Research Foundation For The State University Of New York, The $ 201,592   2021-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Similar to prior years. Fiscal Year 2017: Similar to prior years. Fiscal Year 2018: Similar to prior years.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance, opportunities are defined in individual solicitations available on the DOE website or

Notices published on define research, development, and demonstration areas that the Department intends to support such as: advanced reactors, fuel and reactor concepts that minimize proliferation risks, nuclear fuel and fuel cycles, advanced instrumentation, controls, simulation, modeling and analyses, nuclear waste management, construction, manufacturing and fabrication technologies, and related fundamental nuclear science areas in materials, reactor physics, chemistry, radiochemistry, health physics, and thermal hydraulics and fluid dynamics.

Notices published on define development or demonstration projects and study areas activities that the Department intends to support such as: advanced designs, technologies or techniques, new regulatory or licensing requirements, and economic analyses.

For a given solicitation, financial assistance may be available in whole or in part, for the following in support of nuclear energy research and related fields in development and demonstration activities: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical activities, market analyses, financing plans and other activities necessary to achieve the objective.

Restrictions on use of funds depend on solicitation and award provisions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federal, State, local governments, universities, consortia, nonprofit institutions, commercial corporations, and individuals may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, joint venture, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200, and as amended by 910. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact assessment 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. DOE solicitations set forth award procedures. Refer to for additional information.

Award Procedures

DOE solicitations set forth award procedures. Applications will receive an objective merit review. The objective merit review will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation. Evaluations will be coordinated by a Merit Review Chair and conducted by a review board. This responsibility will be performed by the Office of Nuclear Energy or delegated to a DOE Operations Office. Final decisions will be made by the approved Program Officer or delegated Source Selection Official. For additional information, please refer to


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C 7101; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C 5817; Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 32, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C 2051; Atomic Energy Act, Section 31, Public Law 83- 703, 42 U.S.C 2051.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Deadlines for submissions will be posted in the individual funding opportunities posted at Per funding opportunity posted, a range of approval/disapproval time will be described.


Not Applicable.


Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Program Director and/or Selection Official.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. The no matching requirements apply to certain applicable areas. See funding opportunity 'matching' guidance per individual funding opportunities to understand more about whether or not a matching requirement is applicable to your application. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance and schedule of DOE payments is arranged at the time of award. Funds awarded are to be spent during the period of performance of each award, unless a different arrangement is approved at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment method for most awards is ASAP. Awards not permitted to receive ASAP payments will be provided the necessary instruction on submitting Invoices for payment. Awards are released pending information provided in the funding opportunity announcement.

Post Assistance Requirements


As stated in each solicitation.

Cash reports are not applicable.

As stated in each solicitation.

Quarterly financial status reports are required, as well as a final financial report at the end of the award period of performance.

Performance monitoring is tracked and reported according to set procedures dictated in each funding opportunity.


Not Applicable.


Award recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate total costs incurred under the agreement and as required by the financial assistance award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 16 $136,079,605; FY 17 est $130,000,000; and FY 18 est $105,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of awards vary per funding opportunity. Awards are typically in the range of $400,000 to $1,000,000, but can be more or less as described per individual opportunity.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

NE Federal Register notices; NE Solicitations; DOE Financial Assistance Regulations (2 CFR 200); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Procurement and Assistance Management webpage at:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID), Fremont Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83415 Contact: Aaron Gravelle, Telephone: (208) 526-0208.

Headquarters Office

Ken Osborne 1000 Independence Ave, SW , Washington , District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (301) 903-3723

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Each proposal will be evaluated based on an objective merit review in accordance with the requirement of 'DOE Financial Assistance Regulations' (2 CFR 200) and the evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitations. These criteria will include: appropriateness of the proposal method or approach, competency of research personnel and adequacy of proposed resources, reasonableness and appropriateness of the proposed budget, and other appropriate factors.

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