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Nuclear Safety Research and Development (NSR&D) Program

In 2011, the Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) created the Nuclear Safety Research and Development (NSR&D) Program within the Office of Nuclear Safety to provide corporate-level leadership supporting nuclear safety research and development throughout the Department of Energy (DOE). The NSR&D Program solicits input from the Nuclear Safety Council which includes membership of senior management from each program office.

NSR&D Program Objectives:

  • To establish an enduring Departmental commitment and capability to utilize NSR&D in preventing and reducing the hazards and risks posed by DOE/NNSA nuclear facilities;
  • To foster a Departmental culture that embraces NSR&D as a standard business practice for effecting continuous improvement in nuclear facility safety consistent with Integrated Safety Management (ISM) principles;
  • To optimize NSR&D resources in resolving existing and emerging nuclear facility safety concerns; and
  • To implement the commitments on NSR&D as contained in the Department's Implementation Plan to Improved Nuclear Operations in response to Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Recommendation 2004-1, Oversight of Complex, High-Hazard Nuclear Operations.

NSR&D Committee

HSS's NSR&D Program established the NSR&D Committee to (1) develop mechanisms for effectively sharing information on nuclear safety research and development activities and results, and (2) seek cost effective means to perform nuclear safety research and development that may have benefit DOE-wide and/or to multiple program offices. The Committee is comprised of National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and DOE program offices with nuclear facilities. The NSR&D Committee solicits and reviews proposals having a Department-wide benefit. The objective of these proposals should be to acquire the data necessary to support of safe nuclear facility design, construction, and/or operations, nuclear explosives, environmental restoration activities, and for reduction of risk for high consequence, low probability events.

Results for Department-wide R&D

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), within the Office of Science, collects, preserves, and disseminates DOE-sponsored R&D results that are the outcomes of R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs and facilities nationwide and grantees at universities and other institutions.

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