Nuclear Data Interagency Working Group / Research Program

The DOE SC program in Nuclear Physics (NP), the NP Isotopes Program (IP), the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (NA-22) hereby announce their interest in receiving applications

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to the Nuclear Data Interagency Working Group / Research program for research projects intended to answer nuclear data questions of interest to the research communities supported by those programs and offices.

The range of nuclear physics has a broad range of uses in modern society.

Notable examples include fundamental research in nuclear physics, which motivates the development of accelerator technology, high-speed electronics, and special materials for sensitive detectors and targets; nuclear reactors, which have applications including the generation of electrical power, the production of isotopes, and tests of the properties of materials using neutrons; national security and nonproliferation applications, such as safeguards, nuclear forensics, and the detection of special nuclear materials (SNM); nuclear medicine, and the associated production, testing, distribution and use of isotopes in medical diagnostics and treatment; and applications to more familiar industrial problems, such as the use of radioisotopes in geological resource surveys.

This FOA seeks research applications that will enhance understanding of the basic characteristics of isotopes without respect to particular uses.

These applications require accurate quantitative information regarding the properties of nuclei and their interactions with matter and radiation.

In reference to the applications cited above, without the appropriate nuclear data, the accurate simulation and design of experiments for fundamental research would not be possible, nuclear reactor design and operation would suffer from problematic uncertainties, it would not be possible to determine the correct dose levels in medical procedures involving nuclear isotopes, and one could not predict the sensitivity of novel remote sensing techniques.

Extensive databases dedicated to nuclear data do already exist, notably those developed and maintained by NP through the US Nuclear Data Program (USNDP) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

However, a critical examination of the existing nuclear data often finds that it is inadequate for current applications.

This may be due for example to limits on the sensitivity of experiments that were carried out in previous decades, studies that accessed only a few experimental parameters (such as limited beam energies or angular coverage), or attempts to constrain a large number of parameters with limited data.

One may also require information about the nuclear properties of materials that simply did not exist previously, or that were never adequately studied under conditions that are now considered important.

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Office: Office of Science

Estimated Funding: $12,000,000

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All types of domestic applicants are eligible to apply, except nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995.

DOE National Laboratories, other Federal agencies, and their Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) contractors are not eligible to receive financial assistance awards and are therefore ineligible to submit applications as sole applicants or as the lead of a collaboration.

They may, however, be proposed as a team member on another institution’s application (as a subaward) or as a collaborator (with multiple applications from multiple members of a team).

A parallel, companion announcement (LAB 19-2114) is available for application by DOE laboratories, including DOE/NNSA FFRDC contractors.

If selected as a subwardee or collaborator, DOE laboratories and their FFRDC contractors will be paid directly by DOE.

If selected for funding, other Federal agencies and their FFRDC contractors will be paid through interagency awards.

Applicants that are not domestic organizations should be advised that: • Individual applicants are unlikely to possess the skills, abilities, and resources to successfully accomplish the objectives of this FOA.

Individual applicants are encouraged to address this concern in their applications and to demonstrate how they will accomplish the objectives of this FOA.

• Non-domestic applicants are advised that successful applications from non-domestic applicants include a detailed demonstration of how the applicant possesses skills, resources, and abilities that do not exist among potential domestic applicants.

Applications from for-profit organizations that propose research related to current commercial activity may be declined without merit review.

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