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Integrated University Program (IUP): Enabling Technologies and Innovation (ETI) & Monitoring, Technology and Verification (MTV)
The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to award TWO separate five-year cooperative agreements to consortia of accredited IHEs to allow them to receive and administer funds for student and faculty research, fellowships, and scholarship funding awarded by DOE/NNSA, DNN R&D.
Each cooperative agreement will be awarded to a consortium of IHEs which will include the participation of DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes as a consortium-member(s). Individual consortium-member IHEs shall make specific contributions and shall receive specified portions of the funding.
The consortium may include student and research fellows and must have a long-term objective of building expertise in nuclear nonproliferation detection. Research results should be incorporated readily into IHE curricula. Students, faculty, and researchers must be able to work unencumbered while moving across what are now organizational and bureaucratic boundaries of the academic and governmental facilities engaged in the consortium, while properly protecting critical information and materials. The consortium should establish reciprocal arrangements between the lead IHE and other IHEs as well as relationships with appropriate DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes.
Deadline: Sep. 4, 2018
Areas of Interest
DNN R&D is looking to establish two different consortia, each with a different topical focus to support different mission needs of the office.
NOTE: Each application should address one consortium. IHEs may submit multiple applications (as lead or team member) for both consortia.
- CONSORTIUM FOR ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES & INNOVATION (ETI): The scope of this consortium covers improvements and innovative concepts for enabling technologies that support the nonproliferation mission to detect and characterize nuclear materials production. Research topics areas such as computer and data sciences, engineering and advanced materials manufacturing, and novel sensor and measurement instrumentation are of importance to fulfill DNN R&D needs to push our technical readiness level in Data Science and Remote Detection. The technologies and software capabilities developed under ETI should be cross-cutting and possess broad applicability. For example, a machine learning based algorithm trained to recognize anomalies in commercial nuclear vendor equipment transactions and fuel inventory could be later applied to recognize and identify false social media profiles (i.e. spam programs/AI). Additionally, technologies that increase hardware and software efficiencies in sensor electronics would also be considered an enabling capability. ETI provides cutting edge research and development in technology and phenomenology to identify and advance multi-disciplinary and cross-functional technology and research needs critical to the DNN R&D mission success.
- CONSORTIUM FOR MONITORING, TECHNOLOGY & VERIFICATION (MTV): The goal for this consortium is to support R&D that improves our ability to effectively monitor (detect and verify) global fuel cycle activity in any type of environment. This consortium will support needs that improve our fundamental understanding of nuclear and advanced particle physics, detection/verification of signals and associated attributes, underground nuclear testing, and development of new tools and methods for monitoring past and present fuel cycle activities. In addition, the detection, characterization and tracking of nuclear materials and equipment using current or new methods and analysis such as employing novel biosensors and techniques involving both spatial and temporal spectroscopy are of interest to DNN R&D.
In accordance with 2 CFR 910.126(b), Competition, eligibility for award is restricted to domestic IHEs (as defined below) because the purpose of the IUP, as established by Section 313 of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, Public Law 111-8, 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.
The lead IHE must propose at least three other IHEs who meets the above-definition of “IHE” as consortium members. An integrated approach to the work will be essential in tackling the proposed tasks under ETI and MTV.
The lead IHE must also propose at least three DOE/NNSA National Laboratories and/or National Security Sites/Complexes as collaborators in accordance with the “Other Eligibility Requirements” under subsection C. below. It is essential that the IHEs engage the laboratories and/or sites/complexes early in proposal development as to forge a connection in collaborating on future work and having unique and innovative approaching to accomplishing proposed tasks.
The ceiling amount of $50,000,000 is expected to be available contingent upon the availability of funds for all five years