July 5, 2012
Nuclear Safety Research and Development Program Operating Plan
This operating plan outlines the mission, goals, and processes for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Nuclear Safety Research & Development (NSR&D) Program. This first version of the operating plan also discusses the startup phase of the program.
NSR&D involves a systematic search for knowledge to advance the fundamental understanding of nuclear safety science and technology through scientific study, analysis, modeling, and experiments. Maintaining an effective NSR&D program will support DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) in standards development, validation of analytical models and methods, and improvements in operating practices. It will support DOE/NNSA in making technically justified and well informed nuclear safety decisions. It will also help maintain the technical expertise and the analytical tools and techniques to maintain a sufficiently qualified and experienced workforce with a robust infrastructure.