Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 2/19/2024

Research and Development Grant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is an independent agency, established by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, 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 program provides funding to support research and development (R&D) 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. University R&D activities provide an opportunity to complement current, ongoing NRC-led research.

More specifically, the program shall be used to provide financial assistance for R&D projects relevant to the programmatic mission of the NRC referenced above, with an emphasis on providing financial assistance with respect to research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of new and advanced nuclear technologies. New this year, nontechnical research will be considered under this announcement (for example, projects that would foster the development of innovative community engagement strategies, including incorporation of principles of equity and environmental justice).

An applicant/institution may submit no more than two (2) applications in response to this announcement. Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: April 1, 2024

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed project are invited to work with their institution/organization to develop an application. A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one (1) application in response to this announcement. A PI may not be a Co-PI on another application in response to this announcement.

Amount Description

Award of these grants is contingent upon the availability of funds. The estimated budget for this program is $6,000,000.00. The NRC anticipates that there maybe up to twelve (12) grants awarded as a result of this NOFO. The number of awards depends on the number, quality, duration, and costs of the applications received.

This is a three (3)-year program. Research and development funds may be requested up to $500,000.00 total costs (direct costs and facilities and administrative costs) for the project period.

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