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NEW! Super RTE Call for Proposals

Monday, March 11, 2024 - Calls and Awards

NSUF is pleased to announce the first ever Super Rapid Turnaround Experiment (Super RTE) call for proposals coming April 1, 2024. 

What is a Super RTE?

  • More funding
  • More time
  • Greater access

The first Super RTE call for proposals will open April 1 and will close on April 30 at 4 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. The Super RTE call will function similarly to the traditional RTE solicitations but will encourage larger award amounts allowing greater work scopes to be performed. 

Awards are anticipated to allow twice as many days of access to any NSUF facility or capability. The award process offers an avenue for researchers to perform irradiation effects studies of limited scope on nuclear fuels and materials of interest utilizing up to two NSUF post-irradiation examination(PIE) facilities, whereas the traditional RTE call allows a request of only one NSUF PIE facility.

Completion of Super RTE projects is expected within 12 months of award, whereas the completion time of traditional RTEs is 9 months. Prospective researchers are strongly encouraged to request samples from the NSUF Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library.


Super RTE Call

Traditional RTE Call

Work scope

Larger, broader

Smaller, more focused

Completion time

12 months

9 months

# partner PIE institutions

Up to 2


# partner irradiation institutions



# NSUF sample prep/shipping institutions



Eligible for Super RTE if:

·       Up to two awarded traditional RTEs, with none under review

- OR -

·       Up to one awarded traditional RTE, with one under review


Super RTE proposals will be solicited in this single call only and will be requested in addition to the traditional RTE solicitations made three times per year. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated for technical merit, relevancy, and feasibility. The number of awards is dependent on the availability of funding.  Proposals must support the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy mission

The Super RTE schedule is as follows:

Super RTE Proposal Submittal and Review Schedule

Super RTE Call Seminar


(11 a.m. -12 p.m. MDT)

Solicitation period opens


Individual Q&A Sessions (must be scheduled in advance)


(9 a.m. -4 p.m. MDT)

Proposal due date

4/30/24 at 4 p.m. MDT

Selection review completed

6/1/2024 estimated

Proposals awarded

8/1/2024 estimated

For more information about the Super RTE and traditional RTE rules and requirements and to schedule an individual Q&A session with the NSUF chief scientists, please contact Anna Podgorney (anna.podgorney@inl.gov).