Faculty Development Grant

Funding Agency:
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency, established by the Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, tasked with licensing and regulating the Nation’s civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear material to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment. 

The primary objective of this program is to support faculty development for nuclear science, engineering, technology and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials.  Proposed faculty can be supported for up to one 3 year period.

The objectives are to attract and retain highly-qualified individuals in academic teaching careers. The grants specifically target probationary, tenure-track faculty during the first 4 years of their career and new faculty hires in the following academic areas: Nuclear, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Structural and Materials Sciences Engineering as well as Health Physics.

Grants may include support for developing applications for new research or continuing research projects in their areas of expertise.  The program provides support to enable newer faculty to enhance their careers as professors and researchers in the university department where employed.  The research supported by this announcement is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly. 

An applicant may submit only one application for each of the Scholarship, Fellowship, Faculty Development, and Trade School and Community College Scholarship grant programs.  If applying for more than one grant program, then the applicant must submit separate applications.  

NRC website: http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/grants.html


  • Duke Internal: Nov. 1, 2018
  • Application: Nov. 30, 2018

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible faculty development recipients are probationary, tenure-track faculty in the first 4 years of their career, who have been determined by the recipient institution to be committed to an academic career in Nuclear, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Structural and Materials Sciences Engineering as well as Health Physics.  

The application must describe how the institution will select the faculty participant, what level of support the institution will provide, the procedures that will be used to evaluate, and the type of follow-up that will be provided for the completion of the development plan.  The application must also describe how it will work toward building institutional capacity once the participant completes their faculty development activities.  



Amount Description

This is a three (3) year program. Faculty Development funds may be requested for up to $450,000.00 total costs (direct costs and facilities and administrative costs) for the project period, provided that an additional $50,000.00 per year is fully matched by the recipient. Other direct costs includes but are not limited to course development, equipment, stipends, participation in professional society meetings, and preparation of papers, travel, and associated expenses. The base award is up to $300,000.00. However, the NRC may increase, up to $450,000.00, to the extent that a portion of the award is matched dollar for dollar by the recipient. For example, an award in the amount of $400,000.00 would require a match of $100,000.00 from the recipient.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

  • A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
  • The project description (which is not the same as the evaluation criteria in Section V.1) is limited to five (5*) pages or less, including text, tables, and visual materials (e.g., charts, graphs, maps, photographs).
  • CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Applicant%20Instruc...



Internal Deadline

November 1, 2018

External Deadline

November 30, 2018