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Updated Monday, June 24, 2019

Senate Confirms Baranwal to Serve in DOE Nuclear Leadership Role
June 20, 2019
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Rita Baranwal as assistant secretary of energy for nuclear energy, after Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) released her hold on Energy Department nominees over federal plutonium shipments to her state.

Cortez Masto, Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) voted against her confirmation, while 86 senators supported it.

Baranwal has directed the Energy Department’s Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear initiative since mid-August 2016. In that post, she has overseen GAIN’s work to develop public-private partnerships and make available the department’s financial support and research and development offerings to new nuclear energy technologies in order to help them move toward a commercial market.

Through GAIN, Baranwal has worked closely with the Energy Department, its national laboratories and the private sector and understands how each can be leveraged together “to more rapidly commercialize advanced reactor technologies” and maintain a “gold standard of security and safety,” said Ryan Fitzpatrick, deputy director of the Clean Energy Program at the think tank Third Way. Baranwal spoke at a nuclear summit Third Way held in 2017 in collaboration with national labs and other groups, and the center-left think tank helped create a GAIN program developer directory.

Her nomination was first submitted to the Senate on Oct. 5. But in line with Senate rules, her name was returned to the president on the first day of the new Congress, after the chamber did not act on the nomination by the end of the 115th Congress. Baranwal’s name was resubmitted for the post on Jan. 16, and the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee again advanced her nomination on March 7.

GAIN announces third round FY-2019 Nuclear Energy Voucher recipients
June 19, 2019
The Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) announced today that three nuclear companies will be provided GAIN Nuclear Energy (NE) Vouchers 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 third set of awards in FY 2019. 
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 licensing information or 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 businesses selected to receive GAIN nuclear energy vouchers for Round 3 FY 2019 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. 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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Dr. Rita Baranwal, Director
Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN)



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 
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GAIN Advanced Nuclear Directory
PDF Version Fourth Edition
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.

The next revision deadline is April 30, 2019.