The International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (I-NERI) supports the National Energy Policy by pursuing international collaborations to conduct research that will advance the state of nuclear science and technology in the United States. I-NERI promotes bilateral and multilateral scientific and engineering research and development (R&D) with other nations. Innovative research performed under the I-NERI umbrella addresses key issues affecting the future of nuclear energy and its global deployment by improving cost performance, enhancing safety, and increasing proliferation resistance of future nuclear energy systems. A link to the program can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) website: http://www.nuclear.gov.
This I-NERI 2007 Annual Report serves to inform interested parties about the program’s organization, progress of collaborative research projects undertaken since FY 2004, and future plans for the program. Following is an overview of each section:
• Section 2 discusses background information on the events that led to the creation of the I-NERI program. The countries and international organizations participating in current I-NERI collaborative agreements are also presented.
• Section 3 presents an overview of program goals and objectives, a work scope summary for the three constituent program areas, a description of the I-NERI organization, and an overview of funding since the program’s inception.
• Section 4 provides a summary of programmatic accomplishments, highlighting key activities for each year of the program, areas of research under each bilateral agreement, and a profile
of participating organizations. This section also provides a summary of the projects completed in FY 2007.
• Sections 5 through 10 present details of the R&D work scope for current I-NERI collaborative projects with Brazil, Canada, the European Union (EU), France, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, respectively. For each participant, the report presents an index of projects and a summary of technical accomplishments achieved in FY 2007.