(CLOSED) DE-FOA-0002733 Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

Sponsor Name: 
U.S. Dept. of Energy
Description of the Award: 

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is for General Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research and University Research Reactor Upgrades Infrastructure Support for the U.S. nuclear research community.

DOE is seeking applications under the Infrastructure FOA in the following areas:

  1. University Research Reactor Upgrades Infrastructure Support
  2. General Scientific Infrastructure (GSI) Support for Universities

Number of applications allowed:

  • One application per reactor under the University Research Reactor Upgrade Infrastructure Support; and
  • One application can be submitted under GSI.

For example: If a university operates 2 research reactors, they may submit a total of three applications under this FOA. One for each reactor for a total of 2 under the University Research Reactor Upgrades Infrastructure Support area and 1 under the GSI area for a total of 3 applications.

Background and Objectives

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) provides funding to support crosscutting nuclear energy research and development (R&D) and associated infrastructure support activities to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts, while maximizing the use of DOE resources and the sustainability of the existing light water reactor fleet

The development of nuclear energy-related infrastructure and basic capabilities in the research community is necessary to promote R&D that supports nuclear science and engineering (NS&E), DOE-NE’s mission, and the Nation’s nuclear energy challenges. Accordingly, DOE intends to facilitate the education and training of nuclear scientists, engineers, and policy-makers through graduate and undergraduate study, two-year programs, and R&D that is relevant to the Department and the U.S. nuclear energy industry in general.

The Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) supports university-based infrastructure and R&D in key NE program-related areas:

  • Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FC R&D);
  • Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration (RC RD&D); and
  • Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS)

The infrastructure support requested should be individual, discrete, and definable items or capabilities that will:

  • Support, maintain, or enhance the institution’s capacities to attract and teach high quality students interested in nuclear energy-related studies;
  • Build the institution’s research or education capabilities; or
  • Enhance the institution’s capabilities to perform R&D that is relevant to DOE-NE’s mission.

The request should focus on a single, synergistic goal, or capability. Applicant must demonstrate the educational or R&D connection between requested pieces of equipment. Applications made of several uncorrelated equipment requests are not of interest. A request should not duplicate existing capabilities.

Sponsor Final Deadline: 
Nov 29, 2022
OSVPR Application or NOI Instructions: 

Interested applicants should upload the following documents in sequence in one PDF file (File name: Last name_DE-FOA-0002733_2023) no later than 4:00 p.m. on the internal submission deadline:

1. Cover Letter (1 page, pdf):

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • PI name, departmental affiliations(s) and contact information
  • Co-PI's names and departmental affiliation(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

2. Project Description (no more than two pages, pdf) and identify the project scope that addresses the key criteria in the FOA, principal investigators, collaborators, and partner organizations.

3. 2-page CV's of Investigators

Formatting Guidelines:

Font/size: Times New Roman (12 pt.)
Document margins: 1.0” (top, bottom, left and right)
Standard paper size (8 ½” x 11)

To be considered as a Penn State institutional nominee, please submit a notice of intent by the date provided directly below.
This limited submission is in downselect: 
Penn State may only submit a specific number of proposals to this funding opportunity. The number of NOIs received require that an internal competition take place, thus, a downselect process has commenced. No Penn State researchers may apply to this opportunity outside of this downselect process. To apply for this limited submission, please use this link:
OSVPR Downselect Deadline: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 - 4:00pm
For help or questions: 

Questions concerning the limited submissions process may be submitted to limitedsubs@psu.edu.

Research Reactor Upgrade: Kenan Unlu (CoE); General Scientific Infrastructure: Saya Lee (CoE)