Updated Wednesday, March 22, 2022
GAIN announces second round FY 2022 Nuclear Energy Voucher recipientsMarch 22, 2022The 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 strategiesStructural material and component development, testing and qualificationAdvanced 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 intrusionModeling and simulation, high-performance computing, codes and methodsTechnical assistance from subject matter experts and/or data/information to support technology development and/or confirm key technical or licensing issuesThe 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.
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:
FORMER ARMY INTELLIGENCE ANALYST EXPANDS NUCLEAR INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS AT GAIN
March 16, 2022Government 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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Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (NEICA)
Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA)
Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act (NERDA)