Supporting university and college efforts to grow nuclear science and engineering research and education departments is a priority of the Department of Energy. Yesterday, March 24, 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy announced two Funding Opportunity Announcements.
The Nuclear Energy University Programs will have funding of about $14.5 million that will go towards upgrading scientific equipment and bringing research to a new level. The goal of these programs is support the training of nuclear scientists and engineers.
U.S Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, said, “There is a critical need for a trained workforce as the nation moves toward greater use of nuclear energy needs and reduce carbon pollution.”
He continued on to say, “To ensure that the United States leads in the global nuclear energy industry, we must support nuclear education and make sure students have the tools they need to learn and lead the field.”
The awards will be giving out this summer and two-year, four-year, and trade schools are all eligible to apply here: grants.gov. The applications for the awards are due April 22, 2010 for General Scientific Infrastructure Support. For Reactor Updates the deadline is May 11, 2010.