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Nuclear Energy Research, Development and Demonstration

Number: 81.121
Agency: Department of Energy

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
81.121 Nuclear Energy Research, Development and Demonstration
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Energy
Authorization (040):
Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C 5817; Atomic Energy Act, Section 31, Public Law 83- 703, 42 U.S.C 2051; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C 7101; Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 32, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C 2051.
Objectives (050):
Provide financial assistance to address key issues affecting the worldwide use of nuclear energy through the research, development, and demonstration of science and technology fields related to nuclear energy and its underlying sciences.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Financial assistance, opportunities are defined in individual solicitations available on the DOE website or Notices published on define research, development, and demonstration areas that the Department intends to support such as: advanced reactors, fuel and reactor concepts that minimize proliferation risks, nuclear fuel and fuel cycles, advanced instrumentation, controls, simulation, modeling and analyses, nuclear waste management, construction, manufacturing and fabrication technologies, and related fundamental nuclear science areas in materials, reactor physics, chemistry, radiochemistry, health physics, and thermal hydraulics and fluid dynamics. Notices published on define development or demonstration projects and study areas activities that the Department intends to support such as: advanced designs, technologies or techniques, new regulatory or licensing requirements, and economic analyses. For a given solicitation, financial assistance may be available in whole or in part, for the following in support of nuclear energy research and related fields in development and demonstration activities: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical activities, market analyses, financing plans and other activities necessary to achieve the objective. Restrictions on use of funds depend on solicitation and award provisions.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Federal, State, local governments, universities, consortia, nonprofit institutions, commercial corporations, and individuals may apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, joint venture, institution of higher education, or nonprofit organization will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 for non-profit organizations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. DOE solicitations set forth award procedures. Refer to for additional information.
Award Procedure (093):
DOE solicitations set forth award procedures. Applications will receive an objective merit review. The objective merit review will be based on evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitation. Evaluations will be coordinated by a Merit Review Chair and conducted by a review board. This responsibility will be performed by the Office of Nuclear Energy or delegated to a DOE Operations Office. Final decisions will be made by the approved Program Officer or the delegated Source Selection Official. For additional information, please refer to
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
> 180 Days. Normally 6 to 9 months.

Deadlines for submissions will be posted in the individual funding opportunities posted at
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Program Director or Selection Official.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements. As stated in each solicitation.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The period of performance and schedule of DOE payments is arranged at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: ASAP Method of Payment.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
As stated in each solicitation. Cash reports are not applicable. As stated in each solicitation. Normally quarterly financial status reports will be required. Performance monitoring is tracked and reported according to set procedures dictated in each solicitation.
Audits (112):
Not Applicable.
Records (113):
Award recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate total costs incurred under the agreement and as required by the financial assistance award.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 13 $258,945,000; FY 14 est $250,010,876; and FY 15 est $260,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Award Range:$400,000 to 1,000,000. Average Award Amount: $400,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: See the NE Web site at Fiscal Year 2014: See the NE Web site at Fiscal Year 2015: Similar to prior years.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
NE Federal Register notices; NE Solicitations; DOE Financial Assistance Regulations (10 CFR 600); and the DOE Guide to Financial Assistance, which may be accessed through the DOE Office of Procurement and Assistance Management webpage at:
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None. Office of Nuclear Energy, 100 Independence Ave. SW Washington DC 20585
Contact: Ken Osborne, Telephone: (301) 903-3723.
Headquarters Office (152):
Ken Osborne 1000 Independence Ave, SW , Washington , District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: (301) 903-3723
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Each proposal will be evaluated based on an objective merit review in accordance with the requirement of "DOE Financial Assistance Regulations" (10 CFR 600) and the evaluation criteria set forth in the competitive solicitations. These criteria will include: appropriateness of the proposal method or approach, competency of research personnel and adequacy of proposed resources, reasonableness and appropriateness of the proposed budget, and other appropriate factors.