This FOA provides opportunities to support innovation and competitiveness of the U.S. nuclear industry through cost-shared basic/fundamental, applied R&D, and demonstration/commercial applications R&D activities for all aspects of existing and advanced reactor development. The FOA is divided into three pathways, each with specific objectives. The FOA will be open for a 5-year period.
Pathway 1: First of a Kind Nuclear Demonstration Readiness Projects
Addresses major advanced reactor design development projects or complex technology advancements for existing plants which have significant technical and licensing risks. Support will be provided for one or more advanced reactor projects that have the potential to be deployed by the mid-to-late 2020s.
Federal Cost Share: $10 million-$40 million Project Duration: 3 years Cost Share Required: The recipient’s cost share must be a minimum of 50 percent of the total allowable costs for technologically mature or demonstration projects.
Pathway 2: Advanced Reactor Development Projects
Leads to advancements in the innovation and competitiveness of a broad set of domestic nuclear reactor designs and technologies. The Government will support applications involving concepts and ideas that they believe are best suited to improving the capabilities and commercialization potential of advanced reactor designs and technologies.
Federal Cost Share: $0.5 -$20 million Project Duration: 2 years Cost Share Required: The recipient’s cost share must be a minimum of 20 percent of the total allowable costs for applied research projects or other efforts that are lower on the TRL spectrum.
Pathway 3: Regulatory Assistance Grants
Supports industry efforts to work with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to resolve design regulatory issues, to review topical reports or papers, and other efforts focused on obtaining certification and licensing approvals.
Federal Cost Share: $50,000-$500,000 Project Duration: 1 year Cost Share Required: The recipient’s cost share must be a minimum of 20 percent for Regulatory Assistance Grants.