Last Updated: Feb. 28, 2024
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For the Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DOE seeks applications from U.S. universities, national laboratories, and industry to conduct nuclear energy-related research that focuses on the needs and priorities of the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), including fuel cycle, reactor concepts, and NE mission supporting research. Industry applicants are also eligible to participate in the Rapid Turnaround Experiment (RTE) solicitations.
Yes. The initial purpose of an NSUF Technical Lead is to help the principal investigator (PI) develop a feasible application that will have the highest chance of being awarded. NSUF Technical Leads are high caliber, usually PhD research scientists and engineers at the NSUF facilities. They have knowledge of, and direct access to, important information about the facility or facilities where the work of an awarded project will be performed. The Technical Lead(s) should be an integral member of the project team and contribute strongly to the application preparation.
Technical Leads for NSUF partner facilities are listed on the NSUF website: https://nsuf.inl.gov/Page/Partners
Technical Leads for INL facilities are assigned by NSUF Chief Scientists after Letters of Intent are received.
Collaboration is encouraged and is a factor in evaluation scores. A collaborator is an individual that makes a defined, material contribution that is critical to the success of the project and/or contributing to joint publications.
The CINR can be accessed via NEUP.inl.gov > Funding Opportunities > Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research Funding Opportunity Announcement.
LOIs are required. They are used by the NSUF Program Office in the assignment of INL technical leads, LOIs are provided to the technical leads and start the communication process between technical leads and the submitting applicants.
As stated in the FOA:
To ensure that a Pre-Application and eventual application is submitted with the highest possible
degree of feasibility, it is imperative that potential proposers establish contact with an NSUF
Technical Lead at the earliest possible time. The NSUF Technical Lead will have knowledge of
and direct access to the facility or facilities where the work will be performed. It is intended that
the Technical Lead should be an integral collaborator on the project and contribute strongly to
the application preparation. The Technical Lead will provide guidance in establishing the scope
of the project in negotiation with the facility to produce a cost estimate. Should the project be
awarded, the Technical Lead will be the primary POC to best ensure the project is performed on
schedule and within budget.
A PI may only have two active traditional RTE Projects. RTE projects are considered active until a satisfactory completion report has been submitted and approved. If you currently have two active proposals during an ongoing call, a new proposal may be prepared and saved in the application. However, you will not be able to submit a new proposal until you complete at least one of your active projects (i.e., a completion report has been submitted and approved).
The RTE Administrator (Anna Podgorney; email@example.com) can assist with submittal questions and issues. During an open RTE call, you should contact any of the NSUF facility contacts for assistance with proposal feasibility. NSUF facility staff and facility contacts can not help with the technical aspects of a proposal in order to ensure fairness during the review process.
For CINR applications, technical leads will provide guidance in establishing the scope of the project and work with the facility() to produce a cost estimate for the proposed scope of work. They assist applicants in understanding specific NSUF and facility requirements early in the proposal process (particularly for neutron irradiation tests, as the irradiation of materials/fuels in test reactors requires rigor and has needs beyond those described in other sections of the CINR FOA). Questions on CINR application issues can be directed to the NEUP Integration Office Solicitation Specialist, Pamela.Rich@inl.gov. Other questions can be directed to the NSUF CINR Administrator, Lindy.Bean@inl.gov.
There is no specific target value for the RTEs. As applicants will not know the cost of their proposal, NSUF has posted a set of Facility Guidelines (https://nsuf.inl.gov/Page/rte) for traditional RTE experiments that are designed to help researchers develop a proposal that can be executed for within less than the suggested target. The guidelines are based on the average cost of instrument time at each facility. The guidelines are based on a typical work week at each facility and assume that only one instrument is used each day. If you request more than one NSUF facility for your project, please note that all facility costs are considered as part of the total target. It is recommended that you contact the specific NSUF facility(ies) you wish to use to help you develop a proposal that meets the dollar target guideline.
CINR projects have up to two types of funding; R&D funds and Access-Only funds. R&D funds support salaries, tuition, travel, or other costs typically supported via DOE-NE Program R&D funds. Access-only funds are provided to the NSUF partners to support the work scopes for awarded projects. Refer to Part II, Section C Maximum and Minimum Award Size in the CINR FOA: https://neup.inl.gov/Lists/Headlines/AnnouncementDispForm.aspx?ID=230
Eligible work scopes for a NSUF R&D project are found in Part IX, Appendices A and C of the CINR FOA, and applications must comply with the provisions of Part IX, Appendix E of the CINR FOA.
The RTE application has 6 short sections. These sections include: principal investigator information, team member information, experiment details, technical abstract (less than 500 words), NE program relevance abstract (less than 500 words), and a proposal narrative (2 page limit).
Per RTE guidelines, awarded traditional RTEs must be completed within nine months of the date of award. There is not a formal NSUF process to extend work beyond nine months. If a project extends beyond nine months, PIs should work with the NSUF RTE Administrator, Anna Podgorney (firstname.lastname@example.org), to ensure that a project is completed as soon as possible. NSUF may cancel a project if is not completed within the nine-month timeline.
For CINR awards, no cost extensions pertain to DOE cooperative agreements. If an award received R&D funding in addition to NSUF access, then a DOE cooperative agreement was set up for that award. Follow these steps found on NEUP.gov:
To apply for a no-cost extension (NCE), submit a completed NCE Request Form and submit to Tara Haack (email@example.com ) and cc: Crystal Sosalla (firstname.lastname@example.org). Once received, a budget replan, by milestone, will be sent out and will need to be completed and returned. If you need additional assistance, please contact Tara Haack or Crystal Sosalla.
For CINR NSUF-2 access only projects, there is not a formal extension process; contact the NSUF CINR Administrator, Lindy.Bean@inl.gov, for discussion on project extension.
The status of an RTE application can be found on the Proposal page. From there, check the status column in the "My Proposals" box.
Both the CINR and RTE pages are regularly updated. Please contact us at email@example.com if the page does not answer your question. You can also visit the Communications page to sign up for email notifications.
This information is not public. However, previously awarded projects can be found on the NSUF website.
Previous NSUF projects can be found here: https://nsuf.inl.gov/Home/Projects
There is no formal process. However, you may always apply in the next award round.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.