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U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development
The primary mission of the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) is to advance nuclear power as a resource capable of meeting the Nation's energy, environmental, and national security needs. This is accomplished by resolving technical, cost, safety, proliferation resistance, and security barriers through research, development, and demonstration, as appropriate. The development of improved advanced nuclear reactor designs and technologies, as well as improvements in the operation of the existing domestic fleet of nuclear power plants, is the most important aspect of assuring that nuclear power will be a viable option for the United States (U.S.) energy needs for generations to come.
The fundamental premise behind this FOA is to provide a direct vehicle to support innovative, domestic nuclear industry-driven designs and technologies that have high potential to improve the overall economic outlook for nuclear power in the U.S. The investment provided by the Government will accelerate development of these designs and technologies so that the existing domestic fleet of nuclear power plants remains viable and the most mature new, advanced U.S. designs can be deployed as early as mid-to-late 2020s, and be globally competitive. Funding for this FOA will be provided from the Department of Energy (DOE) through multiple existing NE programs currently conducting innovative research and development (R&D) activities supporting the existing fleet and the development of new and next-generation reactor designs and technologies. These advanced reactor designs and technologies will further the state of the U.S. commercial nuclear capability by improving the competitiveness of nuclear power and promoting its continued contribution to meeting our Nation’s economic, energy security, and environmental challenges. The FOA is envisioned to provide support for the revitalization and expansion of the U.S. nuclear industry by encouraging growth of a pipeline for advanced nuclear reactors, specifically through the employment of key private-public partnerships.
This FOA is a key implementing component of the DOE Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative (see https://gain.inl.gov), which provides the nuclear energy community with access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move new advanced nuclear reactor designs toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing U.S. nuclear fleet.
The objective of this FOA is to support innovation and competitiveness of the U.S. nuclear industry through cost-shared, cross-cutting basic/fundamental, applied R&D, and demonstration/commercial application R&D activities for all aspects of existing and advanced reactor development. These activities may include development of technologies that improve the capability of the existing fleet, methods to improve the timelines for advanced reactor deployments, the cost and schedule for delivery of nuclear products, services, and capabilities supporting these nuclear technologies, design and engineering processes, and resolution of regulatory/certification issues potentially impeding the introduction of these technologies into the marketplace.
Applicants may submit multiple applications under this FOA (with a limit of two applications per quarterly review cycle). Each application must describe a unique project, with distinct applicability to industry needs, and must clearly demonstrate that the applicant has sufficient resources (i.e., personnel, cost-share, facilities, etc.) to successfully manage the award.
This FOA will be open continuously through December 2022 and applications can be submitted at any time. In order to meet the nominal three times a year DOE reviews, applications should be submitted in accordance with the due dates below each year the FOA remains open, as follows:
- Due Date: February 28 at 5:00:00 p.m. ET
- Due Date: June 30 at 5:00:00 p.m. ET
- Due Date: October 31 at 5:00:00 p.m. ET
Areas of Interest
This FOA contains three (3) separate funding opportunity pathways:
- First of a Kind Nuclear Demonstration Readiness Projects
- Advanced Reactor Development Projects
- Regulatory Assistance Grant and Technology Development Opportunities
To be considered for evaluation, an applicant’s submission must meet the criteria set forth below in Section V. If the application does not meet these requirements, it will be considered non-responsive, removed from further evaluation, and ineligible for any award.
All U.S. entities are eligible for award in accordance with 2 CFR 910.126(b). It has been determined necessary to restrict eligibility to apply for funding as a prime recipient to entities that are incorporated (or otherwise formed) under the laws of a particular State or territory of the United States, except for foreign entities, foreign public entities, foreign organizations, state and local governments, institutes of higher education and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), which are not eligible to participate as a prime applicant. This eligibility restriction does not apply to subrecipients, subawards, vendors, or team members of the prime/lead applicant.
Applicants may submit multiple applications under this FOA (with a limit of two applications per quarterly review cycle). Each application must describe a unique project, with distinct applicability to industry needs, and must clearly demonstrate that the applicant has sufficient resources (i.e., personnel, cost-share, facilities, etc.) to successfully manage the award. An applicant is allowed no more than two (2) active awards resulting from this FOA. Once a current award is complete, the applicant is eligible to receive a new award if selected.
- First of a Kind Nuclear Demonstration Readiness Projects: Ceiling: $40,000,000
- Advanced Reactor Development Projects: Ceiling: $10,000,000
- Regulatory Assistance Grants: Ceiling: $500,000