The International Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (I‐NERI) supports the National Energy Policy by conducting research to advance the state of nuclear science and technology in the United States (U.S.). I‐NERI sponsors innovative scientific and engineering research and development (R&D) in cooperation with participating countries. The research performed under the I‐NERI umbrella addresses the key issues affecting the future of nuclear energy and its global deployment. I‐NERI research is directed towards improving cost performance, increasing proliferation resistance, enhancing safety, and improving the waste management of future nuclear energy systems. A link to the program website can be found at http://www. nuclear.gov/programoffices.html.
This I‐NERI 2005 Annual Report serves to inform interested parties about the program’s organization, progress of the collaborative research projects, and future plans for the program. It covers I‐NERI activity since FY 2002.
Section 2 of this report discusses background information on the series of events that led to the creation of the I‐NERI program. The participating countries 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.
A summary of programmatic accomplishments is presented in Section 4 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 identifies the ten projects completed in FY 2005.
Details of the R&D work scope for current I‐NERI collaborative projects with Brazil, Canada, the European Union, France, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) are presented in Sections 5 through 11, respectively. For each participating country, the report presents an index of projects and collaborating organizations, along with a summary of technical accomplishments achieved by each project in FY 2005.