The Energy Department has awarded at least $60 million to 72 research and development projects on nuclear energy as part of efforts to stop greenhouse gas emissions and foster energy security.
“These awards provide essential funding for nuclear energy-related research and thereby support the long-term health of our domestic nuclear energy industry.”
The grants include $31 million for 43 university-led projects under the Nuclear Energy University Program, four of which will be in partnership with U.K. researchers and receive another $2.6 million from the U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
DOE added that the other awards are $3.5 million for nine universities working on reactor and infrastructure improvements, $1 million for two more infrastructure projects at national laboratories and $13 million for four fuel-related integrated research projects.
The department noted that $8.5 million will also go to 10 projects under the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies Crosscutting Technoprojectslogy Development Program and the remaining $3 million will go to four teams to access Nuclear Science User Facilities.