DOE commits $47mn to university-led nuclear research

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on May 8 said more than $47 million in scholarships, fellowships, research grants and university research reactor upgrades will be made available to train and educate the next generation of leaders in America’s nuclear industry. The 143 awards announced under the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Programs and Integrated University Program will support nuclear energy research and development, and student investment at 46 colleges and universities around the country.

“We must invest in the next generation of American scientists and engineers in order to fulfill our commitment to restarting America’s nuclear industry and making sure that America stays competitive in the 21st century,” said Secretary Chu.

The awards are listed below:

Training and Educating the Next Generation of Nuclear Energy Leaders

DOE is awarding $5 million for 39 undergraduate scholarships and 31 graduate fellowships to students in nuclear energy-related engineering and science programs at universities across the country. With the support of this program, 70 students will receive financial support to pursue a degree in the nuclear field. Undergraduate students will receive a $5,000 scholarship, while fellowship winners will receive $50,000 annually over the next three years in addition to a summer internship at a National Laboratory.

Enhancing University Research Reactor Capabilities

DOE is also awarding $6 million to 23 colleges and universities through the Nuclear Energy University Programs to support research reactor infrastructure improvements. DOE said these awards will help upgrade the country’s existing fleet of research reactors and support equipment and infrastructure improvements, making these reactors more efficient and in line with industry advances.

Supporting University-Led Research and Development Projects

DOE is awarding $36.2 million to support 47 university-led nuclear energy research and development projects to advance innovation in four fields: Fuel Cycle Research and Development; Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration; Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation; and Transformative Research.

These projects are led by 32 American universities and colleges in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Other universities, industry leaders and National Laboratories will serve as collaborators and research partners.

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