Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The direct outcome of this program is the development of a diverse and highly talented cadre of professionals with skill sets
to support critical nonproliferation missions in early proliferation detection, nuclear security, and cross cutting areas outlined
in the technical scope below. These professionals will have careers as scientists, engineers, technicians, operational
personnel, and intelligence professionals, among others, and will be leaders in nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear arms
control, nuclear incident response, nuclear intelligence activities, nuclear energy, and other nuclear-related fields. These
professionals are expected to benefit academia, private industry, and several U.S. government agencies, including Energy,
State, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and the Intelligence Community.

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), Office of Defense
Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) is to drive innovative research that develops technologies
and expertise to detect foreign nuclear proliferation activities and produces technologies for integration into operational
systems by leveraging capabilities at the DOE Laboratories, Plants, and Other Field Sites, as well as at universities and
within private industry. DNN R&D supports U.S. national and nuclear security objectives in reducing global nuclear security
threats through the innovation of unilateral and multi-lateral technical capabilities to detect, identify, and characterize: 1)
foreign nuclear weapons development activities; 2) illicit diversion of special nuclear materials; 3) nuclear explosions
globally; and 4) stewarding U.S. technical capabilities in nuclear nonproliferation.

The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to award two (2) five-year cooperative agreements to
consortia consisting of accredited IHEs to provide the opportunity to receive and administer Federal financial assistance
funds for student and faculty research, fellowships, and scholarship funding awarded by DOE/NNSA, DNN R&D.

Submission Deadline for Applications: February 06, 2024,

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

In accordance with 2 CFR 910.126(b), Competition eligibility for award is restricted to domestic Institutes of Higher Education
(IHE) (as defined below) because the purpose of the DNN R&D University Program is to support university research and
development. IHEs provide a different, more fundamental, theoretical, innovative perspective on research and development
than that provided by the laboratories or industry. IHEs are also the best sources for innovative, long-term ideas because
of their inherent close ties to new developments in the basic sciences, their ability to construct cross-disciplinary teams, and
their ability to test new concepts and ideas with theoretical and experimental rigor. Further, the support provided to IHEs
will help foster a recruitment pipeline of future nuclear non-proliferation and other nuclear security professionals who will
contribute significantly to the national security of the United States.



Amount Description

Approximately $5 million per award per year is expected to be available for awards under this announcement, contingent
upon the availability of appropriated funds.

DOE/NNSA may fund $25 million per award under this FOA for the awards, contingent upon the availability of
appropriated Federal government funds for all five years.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

February 6, 2024