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The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that four nuclear companies will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher to accelerate the innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies. NE vouchers provide advanced nuclear technology innovators with access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise available across the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory complex. This is the second award for FY 2022.

The businesses selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 2 FY 2022 are: Elysium Industries USA, New York, NY; Kairos Power, Alameda, CA; Terrestrial Energy USA, Inc., Charlotte, NC; and Ultra Safe Nuclear Corp., Seattle, WA
DOE-NE has recently updated the due date for funding opportunity announcement DE-FOA-0001817: .
The due date for submissions is now June 29, 2022.  The DOE will not be accepting any questions after June 15, 2022.  The funding table was also released for this cycle and can be found here:  Please consult the funding table prior to submitting an application to ensure that your proposal is aligned with funding available.  For those funding sources with additional notes, it is important to review the notes to understand specific requests or limitations on the funding available.
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GAIN Director Christine King will be part of a panel this morning as part of the Alaska Sustainable Energy Conferen…
JUST IN: GAIN 3rd round of FY21 nuclear energy voucher recipients have been announced. The GAIN Voucher Program accelerates the #innovation and application of advanced #nuclear energy technologies. Learn more about the program & awardees #GAINedge
Registration will open in June 2022
Topics to be presented during the 2022 workshop will include:

* Overviews of US Department of Energy (DOE) and US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) MSR released activities
* Overviews of the US DOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) MSR technology development and advanced modeling and simulation activities
* DOE-NE and NRC sponsored MSR activities overviews
* Safeguards and proliferation resistance
* Salt chemistry
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* Modeling and simulation
* Reactor operations and monitoring
* Safety and licensing
* Overviews of the current status from several MSR reactor developers Deployment

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​The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop partnerships between the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and various communities. With an emphasis on environmental justice, these partners will work with local energy communities, educational entities, and other constituencies to accomplish the shared mission of utilizing nuclear energy to advance energy, environmental, and economic initiatives. 

This FOA will provide up to 11 awards totaling $1.6 million over three years. The funding will focus on:

  • Energy Communities – Develop resources and educational materials for the community and local government officials.
  • Energy Justice Organizations and Communities – Partner with organizations and communities at the frontlines of the energy transition who are impacted by and/or interested in nuclear energy and its fuel cycle.
  • Workforce Development and Educational Outreach – Develop materials for educators to help students understand the basics of nuclear science and encourage careers in STEM fields. 
  • International Nuclear Education Development – Fund fellowships for international students to study nuclear engineering at American universities, national labs, and with industry partners.  ​

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​On April 20, 2022, the Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) issued Modification 002 to the Request for Information (RFI) #DE-SOL-0008246.  DOE-NE is seeking input from the nuclear energy community, including technical and community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as other Minority Serving Institutions, for its competitive Research and Development (R&D) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for universities.

DOE-NE is seeking ideas, input, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties for future competitive university-led research projects.

This input may lead to a more robust R&D program that reflects communities' ideas and could identify new creative, innovative, and transformative outcomes. 

DOE-NE also seeks input regarding the structure of the solicitation itself, including any examples of other solicitations that have been successful in utilizing university research.

The RFI is open continuously and the input for consideration in FY 2023 is due May 16, 2022.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is now seeking applications and sealed bid submissions under the $6 billion Civil Nuclear Credit (CNC) Program to support the continued operation of U.S. nuclear reactors. This critical investment, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will help avoid premature retirements of nuclear reactors across the country due to financial hardship, preserve thousands of good-paying clean energy jobs to sustain local economies, and protect our nation's largest source of clean, carbon-free electricity.   

The guidance published today directs owners or operators of nuclear power reactors that are expected to shut down due to economic circumstances on how to apply for funding to avoid premature closure. This includes instructions on formulating and submitting sealed bids for potential allocation of credits.  

As urged by many public commenters who responded to the Request for Information (RFI) earlier this year, the first CNC award cycle will prioritize reactors that have already announced their intention to cease operations. Future CNC award cycles, including the second cycle to be launched in the first quarter in FY2023, will not be limited to nuclear reactors that have publicly announced their intentions to retire.   

Applications for certification and sealed bids for credits for the first CNC award cycle must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on May 19th.   


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