DOE NNSA Allots $50M for Academia-Led Nonproliferation R&D

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The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is investing $50M in grants supporting research and development efforts on nonproliferation over the next five years. NNSA said Thursday it will provide $5M per year to two university research consortia to integrate academic studies with National Laboratory applications in nuclear science and security.

The first awardee is the Consortium for Enabling Technologies & Innovation, a group of 12 universities developing technologies for the detection of nuclear material production. Georgia Institute of Technology leads this consortium focusing on computer and engineering sciences, manufacturing and instrumentation for nuclear fuel-cycle monitoring under the effort.

The second awardee is the Consortium for Monitoring, Technology and Verification, a 14-university group aiming to help the nation better oversee the global nuclear fuel cycle. The University of Michigan leads this consortium focusing on nonproliferation applications of nuclear and particle physics.