NSUF FOA Page for Infrastructure FOA
University Infrastructure Funding Program
The FY2017 University Infrastructure Funding Program will be administered by the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF.INL.gov) rather than the NEUP Integration Office (NEUP.INL.gov). This change will be largely transparent to the user community. Changes to the program and other important program details are listed below.
The FOA (DE-FOA-0001516) was released on September 1, 2016 at Grants.gov. Users will apply directly through the http://www.grants.gov Applications will be due on November 23, 2016 with the anticipated award announcement by April-May 2017.
As part of the shift in administration to the NSUF, the National Laboratory section for General Scientific Infrastructure was removed from this FOA. The NSUF will continue the goal of funding scientific infrastructure within the NSUF using the infrastructure gap analysis as a basis for determining the specific need and location instead of the former competitive process.
Additionally, since NSUF Integration is an important consideration for all infrastructure investments, applicants should demonstrate the ability to integrate equipment into the Nuclear Science User Facilities program to: create new NSUF partner facilities or bolster capabilities at existing NSUF partner facilities. To reflect this importance, up to 5% scoring bonus can be applied on top of reviewer scores. All applicants should review the NSUF Capabilities and Partners at: NSUF.INL.gov (partners) and NSUF-Infrastructure.INL.gov (capabilities).
Historical Awards and Information:
NEUP Integration Office, under the Infrastructure tab
Official Copy of the FOA and Application Portal:
FY2017 FOA Webinars:
Forms and Documents Related to the FOA:
|Form or Document||Link|
|SF 424 – Application for Federal Assistance (OMB 4040-0004)||http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html?sortby=1|
|SF 424A Excel, "Budget Information - Non Construction Programs"||http://energy.gov/management/office-management/operational-management/financial-assistance/financial-assistance-forms|
|Certifications and Assurances form||http://energy.gov/management/downloads/certifications-and-assurances-use-sf-424|
|SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities||http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/sf-424-family.html?sortby=1|
|Department of Energy Merit Review Guide for Financial Assistance||http://energy.gov/management/office-management/operational-management/financial-assistance|
|Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist, DOE F 4600.2||http://energy.gov/management/office-management/operational-management/financial-assistance/financial-assistance-forms|
NSUF encourages applications that will benefit the largest number of users. Starting in FY2016, the NSUF is supporting the FALCON supercomputer at Idaho National Laboratory. If an application could be run on the FALCON machine, NSUF could be inclined to purchase the software for installation there and then grant access to the researchers. Anyone with questions on HPC applications should contact NSUF.
For projects above $250,000, the applicant is required to cost match dollar for dollar up to a limit of $2,000,000 in federal funding.
For Reactor Upgrades, cost sharing is encouraged but not required.
For Reactor Upgrades, applications can be submitted for all equipment and instrumentation and associated facility upgrade requests that support nuclear energy-related R&D or education at university research reactors.
The application CANNOT include hiring or other human capital costs or the operation and maintenance of equipment.
It also CANNOT include non-standard installation costs for equipment and instrumentation that are beyond the vendor's standard installation cost.
Personnel or indirect university costs are NOT allowed.
With that being said, the expectation for vendor quotes is the same regardless of vendor. Any vendor quote submitted to this FOA should have as much detail, and have the same attributes and qualities, as a commercial vendor quote. The ability of the vendor to complete the scope of work defined in the application will be taken into account as part of the project implementation review.