Announcements

Announcements will contain notifications and other information materials featured on the front page of NSUF in reverse chronological order. 


March 28, 2017

DOE-NE Releases FY 2017 Request for Information (RFI) for Nuclear Materials

DOE-NE has released a Request for Information (RFI) (DE-SOL-0010995) “FY 2017 University, National Laboratory, Industry and International Input on Potential Additions to the NSUF Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library.” DOE-NE, through the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF), is currently seeking information regarding 1) existing nuclear energy research materials and specimens that can, potentially, be added to the NFML, and 2) future needs for nuclear energy-related material to support ongoing nuclear energy challenges as well as future research advancements in nuclear energy.

The Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library (NFML), which is owned by DOE-NE and curated by the NSUF, is a collection of specialized information and nuclear fuel and material specimens from past and ongoing irradiation test campaigns, as well as real-world components retrieved from decommissioned power reactors, and donations from other sources. The NFML can be accessed through a web portal at the Nuclear Science User Facilities website or directly at https://nsuf-infrastructure.inl.gov/RFI/Submission.  

The RFI will be posted on Grants.gov and the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Responses to the RFI must be submitted through the Nuclear Science User Facilities website. Detailed instructions are included in the RFI along with contact information for help with completing a submission.

The FY 2017 RFI will be open for submissions until June 30, 2017.  The FY 2018 NFML RFI is planned to open in fall of 2017 and close in the summer of 2018. 

Submissions Due: June 30, 2017


U.S. Department of Energy REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (DE-SOL-0010995) University, National Laboratory, Industry & International Input on Potential Additions to the NSUF Nuclear Fuels & Materials Library (PDF) (HTML)

Submit an Application »

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Additional Resources

NSUF Nuclear Fuels and Materials Library

Nuclear Science and Engineering Sourcebook

Nuclear Energy Infrastructure Database




March 20, 2017

DOE Seeking Information on FY 2018 R&D and Infrastructure Focus Areas

DOE is seeking information, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties for future work scope areas for the major NE-funded research programs in the following R&D areas:

   1. Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FC R&D) Program

   2. Reactor Concepts Research, Development, and Demonstration (RC RD&D) Program

   3. Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS) Program

   4. Nuclear Enabling Technologies (NEET) Crosscutting Technology Development (CTD)

DOE is also seeking information, comments, feedback, and recommendations from interested parties to determine what capabilities that support research, training and technology demonstration, are of high interest to the nuclear research community. In addition to receiving feedback on the aforementioned capabilities, DOE seeks input on other high priority nuclear energy-related infrastructure needs, including information on the potential benefit, location, funding model, and feasibility of establishing, maintaining, and operating such facilities.

Responses must be received by Saturday, May 13, 2017, to be considered for FY 2018 workscopes.

Request for Information- Research and Development Work Scope Development (DE-SOL-0008246)

Request for Information- Potential Infrastructure Investments (DE-SOL-0008318)

Submit a Response



February 3, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy, Belgian Nuclear Research Centre sign MOU

Agreement enables collaboration in nuclear energy research and development

The original news release is available at https://energy.gov/ne/articles/mou-between-united-states-department-energy-and-belgian-nuclear-research-centre.

MOU between the U.S. Department of Energy and the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre concerning Collaboration in Nuclear Energy Research & Development

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Belgium’s Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie/Centre d’Etude de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK•CEN) (also known as the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning cooperation in nuclear energy research and development on January 13, 2017.

This MOU will enable collaboration on future irradiations and post-irradiation examinations (PIE), including planned SCK•CEN activities to take place in the Belgium Reactor–2 (BR-2) and associated Laboratory for High and Medium Activity (LHMA) hot cells, as well as planned DOE activities to take place in the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR), the Transient Reactor Test (TREAT) Facility, and High Temperature Test Laboratory (HTTL) located at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and other facilities that are part of DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF).

Initial collaboration is being performed under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) under Annex 1 of the MOU, between SCK•CEN and INL that was negotiated and signed on November 14, 2016, to conduct irradiation tests and perform PIE activities with silicon carbide, uranium alloys and uranium ceramic materials, as well as develop sensors and instrumentation. The outcomes of this collaboration will support and enhance future NSUF opportunities and capabilities for nuclear energy researchers.

The nuclear industry may access some of these capabilities through the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative to help achieve faster and cost-effective development of innovative nuclear energy technologies toward commercial readiness.

More information regarding the NSUF program is available at https://nsuf.inl.gov/, and the GAIN initiative at https://gain.inl.gov.