NRC University Nuclear Leadership Program
Internal Deadline: Contact ORIF if interested.
External Deadline: May 14, 2021
Estimated Number of Awards: 12
Anticipated Amount: Estimated budget is $6,000,000
Who May Serve as PI: Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the PI is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NRC support. More than one PI (i.e., multiple PIs), may be designated on the application for projects that require a “team science” approach and therefore clearly do not fit the single-PI model.
Process for Limited Submissions: PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://research.usc.edu/usc-grants/.
Materials to submit include:
(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review.
(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the PIs and Co-PIs in addition to department and contact information, including the 10-digit USC ID#, Gender, and Ethnicity. Please have this material prepared before beginning this application.
Link to Award: FY21 IUP (Research Program) FOA
Purpose: The program provides funding to support research and development for nuclear science, engineering, technology, and related disciplines to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. More specifically, the program shall be used to provide financial assistance for research and development projects relevant to the programmatic mission of the NRC referenced above, with an emphasis on providing financial assistance with respect to research, development, demonstration, and commercial application activities relevant to civilian advanced nuclear reactors, including, but not limited to, relevant fuel cycle technologies, advanced construction, manufacturing, and fabrication methods.
Of particular interest are projects aimed at:
- Aging/degradation of nuclear plant systems, structures, and components.
- Digital engineering/analytics, advanced sensors and controls for nuclear applications.
- Advanced materials and manufacturing for nuclear applications.
- Advanced construction techniques for nuclear builds.
- Evaluation of technical gaps and major uncertainties related to risk-informed decision-making for areas such as complex all-hazard risk models, dynamic PRAs, and PRAs for advanced reactors.
- Human and organizational factors and human reliability analysis for advanced nuclear applications, including improved models for dependency, consideration of organizational factors, and dynamic methods.
- Characterization of low frequency, high consequence natural or industrial hazards for advanced nuclear applications.
- Characterization, handling, fabrication, transportation, storage, or disposal of fresh and spent nuclear fuel for nuclear power plants (including the various advanced reactor designs that are currently under development).
- Analyses, data and evaluations that will support an understanding of the safety, technical gaps and major uncertainties for (1) operating, small modular and advanced reactor designs with emphasis in the areas of fuel performance, fuel fragmentation relocation and disposal, natural circulation, boron dilution, neutronics, source term analysis, severe accident analysis and (2) fuel cycle technologies, with emphasis on experimental test and analytical model data to help validate the NRC’s scientific computer codes and ability to assess application of these technologies.
- Advanced technology approaches (e.g., data and text analytics and artificial intelligence) and applications (e.g., data mining, risk communication) that enhance regulatory decision making. Some specific areas of focus could be incorporating equipment failure trends, probabilistic risk assessment, and risk-informed decision-making in licensing, inspection, and other regulatory activities.
Although the FOA identifies many of the NRCs R&D priorities, the NRC will strive to award projects that cover multiple project areas specified above. Your application should emphasize the technical area(s) proposed under this project.
Budgetary Requirements: Cost sharing or matching funds is not required. However, institutions are encouraged to cost share or match NRC funding (non-Federal funds) to enhance the benefits of the NRC grant.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.