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Updated Wednesday, March 22, 2022

GAIN announces second round FY 2022 Nuclear Energy Voucher recipients

March 22, 2022
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:


GAIN NE 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. All awardees are responsible for a minimum 20 percent cost share, which could be an in-kind contribution.

The GAIN NE Voucher Program accepts applications on innovation that supports production and utilization of nuclear energy (e.g., for generation of electricity, supply of process heat, etc.) in the following general topic areas:

  • Analysis and evaluation of, and for, advanced reactor concepts and associated designs, including development of R&D based licensing technical requirements or regulatory strategies
  • Structural material and component development, testing and qualification
  • Advanced nuclear fuel development, fabrication and testing (includes fuel materials and cladding)
  • Development, testing, and qualification of instrumentation, controls, and sensor technologies that are hardened for harsh environments and secured against cyber intrusion
  • Modeling and simulation, high-performance computing, codes and methods
  • Technical assistance from subject matter experts and/or data/information to support technology development and/or confirm key technical or licensing issues

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) established 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. 
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FORMER ARMY INTELLIGENCE ANALYST EXPANDS NUCLEAR INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS AT GAIN​
March 16, 2022
Government contracts are complex and difficult to decipher. For Rachel Taow, it's a language she mastered largely due to her training in the U.S. Army as a cryptanalyst, a Persian Farsi linguist and signals intelligence analyst. 
At GAIN, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative led by Idaho National Laboratory, Taow works on contracting mechanisms to speed up nuclear research. Her success in six years at INL includes negotiating various high-profile agreements with industry partners.  
She is most excited about last year's passage of the $1 trillion infrastructure legislation, which contains more than $62 billion for DOE to deliver a “more equitable clean energy future," including investing in advanced nuclear projects. In the area of contracting modernization, it statutorily extends the protection period for Cooperative Research and Development Agreements between industry and labs from 5 years to up to 30 years. 
“This is huge," Taow said. The nuclear industry lobbied for the change because it needed a longer protection period to perfect innovations.  
GAIN Director Christine King credits Taow's persistence and passion for getting things done. 
“It is not often that you find someone passionate about better processes and creating the win-win," King said. “Rachel is practical in her approach by listening to the needs of the DOE and private industry. She creates process solutions that help us move through contracting and doing the work in the lab faster." 
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Gensler & Third Way (2018)
Adaptive Reuse of EBR-II Dome (2019)
Architectural Rendering

This rendering represents a vision for the iconic Experimental Breeder Reactor II dome. It is a conceptual design at this point and represents—in the spirit of reimagining nuclear energy—the infinite possibilities for renewed infrastructure. We hope that you find this rendering inspirational and ask you to reflect on how the nuclear industry can repurpose old facilities to demonstrate new technologies. 

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GAIN University Directory
 
GAIN provides the nuclear energy industry a single point of access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to propel advanced nuclear technologies, including advanced reactors and technologies which advance existing reactors, toward commercialization.

The GAIN University Directory will highlight university nuclear research and  development capabilities of interest to advanced  nuclear technology developers. University participation is voluntary and not comprehensive. The directory will provide a "Resource" section with various links to detailed descriptions of university offerings. 

If your university wants to participate in the directory, please check here to fill out the form.

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 GAIN Advanced Nuclear Directory
PDF Version​​​ Seventh Edition (July 2021)
 
This directory was created in partnership between the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) and Third Way, with the help of the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC). 

It offers a sample of companies engaged in the development of advanced nuclear technologies and should not be considered a comprehensive list of this industry. If you are interested in additional information please go to the contact tab and leave a message.

If your company is a developer or supplier in the advanced nuclear technology area and you want to participate in the directory, please check here to fill out the form.
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FACT SHEET: Obama Administration Announces Actions to Ensure that Nuclear Energy Remains a Vibrant Component of the Unites States' Clean Energy Strategy
November 06, 2015
As detailed in the Climate Action Plan, President Obama is committed to using every appropriate tool to combat climate change. Nuclear power, which in 2014 generated about 60 percent of carbon-free electricity in the United States, continues to play a major role in efforts to reduce carbon emission from the power sector. As America leads the global transition to a low-carbon economy, the continued development of new and advanced nuclear technologies along with support for currently operating nuclear power plants is an important component of our clean energy strategy. Investing in the safe and secure development of nuclear power also helps advance other vital policy objectives in the national interest, such as maintaining economic competitiveness and job creation, as well as enhancing nuclear nonproliferation efforts, nuclear safety and security, and energy security.