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​GAIN Announces Second Round of Nuclear Energy 
Voucher Recipients

June 26, 2017  The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that 14 businesses will be provided nuclear energy vouchers worth approximately $4.2 million to accelerate the innovation and application of advanced nuclear technologies. This follows an earlier announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy that awarded nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research, facility access, crosscutting technology development, and infrastructure awards in 28 states. The GAIN nuclear energy vouchers provide advanced nuclear technology innovators with access to the extensive nuclear research capabilities and expertise available across the U.S. DOE national laboratories complex. Support of nuclear energy innovation, DOE-NE vouchers provide funds to assist applicants seeking access to the world class expertise and capabilities available across the United States (U.S.) DOE complex. 

“DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy established GAIN to provide the nuclear innovator community with assistance to address a range of technology needs,” said GAIN Director Rita Baranwal. “Through these vouchers, GAIN encourages accelerated nuclear technology innovation and promotes progress in the private sector." 

GAIN nuclear energy voucher recipients do not receive direct financial awards. The GAIN nuclear energy vouchers provide access to national laboratory capabilities at no cost to the voucher recipients. 

GAIN serves the advanced nuclear technology developer community in several ways:  
  • Offering a centralized information and communications portal for advanced nuclear technology resources.
  • Conducting needs assessments and research-oriented workshops. 
  • Connecting nuclear energy innovators with national laboratory scientists developing new computational tools. 
  • Providing a venue for DOE, in close coordination with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, to work with nuclear technology developers on licensing support. 
  • Offering training opportunities to the nuclear community. 
  • Providing advanced nuclear technology developers access to technical, regulatory, and financial support via the broad range of DOE funding options.  
“The GAIN team was impressed with the number and quality of voucher applications,” said Dr. John Jackson, GAIN technical interface. “The sense of urgency and the stakeholder support for developing and commercializing the next evolution of nuclear technologies has never been stronger.” 

The businesses selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers are:

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The 14 awarded vouchers cover a wide diversity of topics relevant to advanced nuclear including 
  • Seven related to Molten Salt technology – two physical characteristics of fuel, one thermal hydraulics, one component development, two waste reprocessing, four chloride salt, two fluoride salt, one micronuclear. 
  • Five related to Light Water Reactor (LWR) technology (existing and Small Modular Reactor (SMR)) – two waste reprocessing, one thermal hydraulics for SMR, one passive safety, one plant health monitoring. 
  • Three focused on metal-cooled fast reactor concepts – three regulatory/licensing support, one sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR), one lead-bismuth, one crosscutting. 
  • Five involving modeling and simulation work – two physical properties measurement, two process development, one design evaluation, one safety concept development. 
  • Five involving modeling and simulation work – two physical properties measurement, two process development, one design evaluation, one safety concept development. 
  • One focused on advanced digital instrumentation and controls.
GAIN awarded the first round of nuclear energy vouchers in 2016. For more information on the 2016 awards, please see:
The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) established the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) to provide the nuclear community with the technical, regulatory and financial support necessary to move innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. Through GAIN, DOE is making its state-of-the-art and continuously improving RD&D infrastructure available to stakeholders to achieve faster and cost-effective development of innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercial readiness.

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) leads the GAIN initiative. INL is the nation’s leading center for nuclear energy research and development. Day-to-day management and operation of the laboratory is the responsibility of Battelle Energy Alliance. 

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​2017 NE Voucher Information

Introduction 

In support of nuclear energy innovation, DOE-NE vouchers provide funds to assist applicants seeking access to the world class expertise and capabilities available across the United States (U.S.) DOE complex. 

GAIN seeks to provide the nuclear industrial community with access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move new or advanced nuclear technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. 

The goal of the NE Voucher program is to accelerate commercialization of innovative nuclear energy technologies. Request for Assistance Proposals for the FY2017 call have been submitted and are currently under review with an expected review completion in late May, 2017

The Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Database (NEID) provides a list and description of many nuclear energy R&D capabilities and can be accessed after an initial registration via the Nuclear User Facility website at this link: NSUF. (Please click on "infrastructure")

Nuclear Energy Voucher Documents

Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
CRADAs provide the administrative structure for GAIN partnerships.  A standard GAIN Nuclear Energy Voucher CRADA template is linked below as well as a non-IP CRADA template.

For voucher applicants who do not anticipate creation of intellectual property due to the nature of their proposed work, the non-IP CRADA may be applicable for work proposed to be performed at INL or ANL only at this time (pending DOE approval of the CRADA including consideration of the Statement of Work).  Note that in order for a non-IP CRADA to be suitable for use, the Statement of Work will need to clearly reflect that the work to be performed will not give rise to the creation of new intellectual property by the applicant or the laboratory.  It is anticipated that the vast majority of applicants will utilize the primary contracting mechanism, the Standard NE Voucher CRADA.



For more information please contact:
John Jackson
GAIN Technical Interface
208-526-0293

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