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FY 2013 Reactor Upgrades FOA (DE-FOA-0000815)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is the fiscal year 2013 solicitation for Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP) University Reactor Upgrades Infrastructure Support for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE).

The development of nuclear energy-related infrastructure and basic capabilities in the university and college community is necessary to promote R&D that supports nuclear science and engineering (NS&E), DOE-NE’s mission, and the Nation’s nuclear energy challenges. Accordingly, we intend to enable the education and training of nuclear scientists, engineers, and policy-makers in graduate and undergraduate study and two-year programs, as well as R&D that is relevant to the Department and the nuclear energy industry in general.

This FOA is seeking applications from U.S. universities and colleges with operating research reactors. The purpose of the program is to upgrade and improve the U.S. university nuclear research and training reactors and to contribute to strengthen the academic community's nuclear engineering infrastructure.

The infrastructure and capabilities requested by a university should be individual, discrete, and definable items or capabilities that will support, maintain, or enhance the university’s or college’s capacity to attract and teach high quality students interested in nuclear energy-related studies; build the university’s or college’s NS&E basic research or education capabilities; or enhance the university’s or college’s capability to perform R&D that is relevant to DOE-NE’s R&D mission.

Under this FOA, 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. Infrastructure requests that support the sharing and use of equipment and instrumentation by multiple campuses of a university or multiple universities are encouraged. Equipment and associated upgrades specifically for general scientific laboratories are not part of this FOA, but the subject of a separate FOA (DE-FOA-0000814).

An application to this FOA is restricted to equipment or activities supporting research, teaching, and education such as the purchase, set-up, and vendor installation costs for equipment and instrumentation, as well as building modifications that immediately support the installation and operation of the equipment. 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.