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Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear
What is GAIN?
What's New in GAIN?
D.O.E. / National Laboratories
GAIN Impact Video
GAIN Monthly Highlights
Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)
Advanced Nuclear Technology Development FOA DE-FOA-0001817
Technology Commercialization Fund
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) FOA
ARPA-E | DOE $24 Million in Funding
FY 2018 CINR FOA
Versatile Test Reactor
Fast Reactor Technology
High Temperature Gas Reactor Technology
Advanced Nuclear Fuel Technologies Program
Advanced Reactor Technologies (ART) Program
Databases & Documents
Light Water Reactor Sustainability (LWRS) Program
National Lab Capabilities
Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF)
Site Permit Process
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NSUF GAIN Industry Advisory Meeting - October 2018
Advanced Manufacturing for Nuclear - December 2018
Economics-Based R&D for Nuclear Power Construction - January 2019
GAIN Advanced Fuels Workshop - March 2019
Past Workshop Presentations
MODELING AND SIMULATION
Advanced Reactor Tools
Third Way - Nuclear Reimagined
Through GAIN, DOE – in close coordination with NRC – will provide nuclear technology developers with licensing support. While this will take a variety of forms and continue to evolve as technologies mature, a few initial actions are listed below.
Industry-Led Licensing Modernization Project (LMP) Status
April 19, 2018
The DOE is working with interested stakeholders to support activities related to the advanced reactor Licensing Modernization Project (LMP). This project is being led by Southern Company (on behalf of industry), coordinated with the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and cost-shared by DOE. The project is developing technical non-LWR licensing methods that are technology-inclusive, risk-informed, and performance-based. A key LMP objective is to generate a document for NRC review and endorsement that can be subsequently used by advanced reactor license applicants as regulatory guidance.
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Guidance for Developing Principal Design Criteria for Non-Light-Water Reactors
This document provides fundamental guidance that will reduce regulatory risk for the advanced non-LWR design community.
Cooperation between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Department of Energy (DOE) has culminated in the issuance of a significant licensing aid for developers of advanced non-light-water (non-LWR) reactors. The NRC's new Regulatory Guide 1.232, "Guidance for Developing Principal Design Criteria for Non-Light-Water Reactors," helps developers of these technologies align their concepts with relevant NRC regulations and forms a key portion of the NRC's advanced reactor regulatory framework.
This new regulatory guide provides designers, applicants, and licensees of non-LWRs guidance for developing a proposed facility's principal design criteria (PDC) that establish the necessary design, fabrication, construction, testing, and performance requirements for structures, systems, and components that assure that the facility can be operated without undue risk to the health and safety of the public. This regulatory guide provides a number of benefits, including:
Reducing regulatory uncertainty for advanced non-LWR innovators and developers
Addressing design innovations that pursue enhanced nuclear safety
Improving licensing timeliness and efficiency for both license applicants and NRC staff
The Regulatory Guide's generic set of Advanced Reactor Design Criteria cover most non-LWR technologies. The guide also includes technology-specific criteria for sodium-cooled fast reactors and high temperature gas-cooled reactors. Revision 0 to RG 1.232 (ADAMS Accession No.
) was made available to the public on April 9, 2018.
Convening Third Workshop on Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors
The third in this series of workshops is scheduled for April 25 – 26, 2017, also at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel and Convention Center. Discussions/presentations among participants are expected to include regulatory review process options, use of modeling and testing in the design and licensing processes, development in industry consensus standards, and Quality Assurance Program development. For information on NRC workshops on Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors, please visit the link below.
NRC-DOE Advanced Non-Light Water Reactors Workshop
DOE-NRC Memorandum of Understanding
November 10, 2016
memorandum of understanding (MOU)
between the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) describes the roles, responsibilities, and the processes related to the implementation of the DOE Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative. GAIN is an initiative that is intended to provide the nuclear energy community with increased access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to mover new or advanced nuclear reactor designs toward commercialization while ensuring the continued safe, reliable, and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet.