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Updated Thursday, October 12, 2021

GAIN announces fourth round FY 2021 Nuclear Energy Voucher recipient
October 12, 2021
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that one nuclear company will be provided a GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Voucher to accelerate the innovation and ap​plication 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 fourth and final award for FY 2021.

The business selected to receive a GAIN nuclear energy voucher for Round 4 FY 2021 is:

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

Further information on the GAIN nuclear energy voucher program as well as current and all past awards may be found here.

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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Merits and Viability of Different Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Technology Options and the Waste Aspects of Advanced Nuclear Reactors: Meeting #10 ​(Public Session)
September 28, 2021 
The tenth meeting of the Committee on Merits and Viability of Different Nuclear Fuel Cycles and Technology Options and the Waste Aspects of Advanced Nuclear Reactors will hear from experts on Generation IV and sodium fast-cooled reactors, aqueous separations, back-end fuel cycle issues, waste management and treatment, and a panel of utility executives.

The committee welcomes input and will host public comment sessions at the end of each public session. Attendance is open and free to the public. Both public sessions will be held exclusively online.
Full Article and Meeting Materials

New website a gateway into nuclear energy
September 9, 2021
By Donna Kemp Spangler
GAIN Communications and Outreach

The latest information about advanced nuclear energy is now a mouse click away.

The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) just unveiled Milestones in Advanced Nuclear, an interactive website that provides the latest news in the U.S. nuclear power industry.

GAIN is industry's gateway into the national labs. Now GAIN is also the gateway into nuclear news.

“Advanced nuclear has been building momentum over the past five years and it is getting difficult to stay current with the latest developments from all facets of our industry," GAIN Director Christine King said. “The website offers a concise description of each item, and why this milestone is important and links to the most recent news for that item."

The milestones were developed with the help of more than 100 people across the U.S. representing the nuclear energy industry, utility executives, and lawmakers.

​“This website is a great tool to see our progress as an industry," said Peter Hastings, vice president of Kairos Power, an advanced nuclear reactor developer. “It is extremely helpful to show not only our company's progress but also that of other advanced reactor developers as well as the industry as a whole. This website makes it easy to see the immense opportunity advanced nuclear represents for our clean energy future."

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FY2019 GAIN Highlights (Printable Version)
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. 




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.

 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.
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.