From: U.S. Department of Energy
Published August 22, 2007 04:12 PM

Department of Energy Awards $3.8 Million in Funding to 38 U.S. Universities for Nuclear Research Infrastructure

WASHINGTON, DC ” The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today strengthened its commitment to advancing nuclear power by awarding $100,000 to 38 universities to enhance nuclear research and development (R&D) under President Bush’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). The one-time GNEP University Readiness awards total $3.8 million in funding and will include upgrading laboratories; improving reactor facilities; purchasing state-of-the-art equipment; providing increased faculty support and further enhancing nuclear-related curricula. GNEP is part of a President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative and aims to close the nuclear fuel cycle by reducing proliferation risks, reducing waste and further increasing energy security around the world.

“Increasing research expertise and bolstering infrastructure at America’s universities will position our scientists and engineers to support the expansion of clean and economical nuclear power in the United States as well as to encourage the development of advanced fuel cycle technologies,” Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Dennis Spurgeon said. “Supporting our educational institutions is essential to ensure that the United States continues to lead the world in development of safe and secure nuclear technology.”

The GNEP University Readiness awards will directly enable a university to compete in future GNEP R&D solicitations and contribute to a new generation of engineers and scientists necessary for expanding nuclear power - a safe, reliable source of emissions-free energy. These GNEP University Readiness awards follow the Department’s funding opportunity announcement in March and DOE’s thorough review of all applications since the June deadline.

This funding is part of $15.2 million that DOE has awarded to universities that provide nuclear energy programs in fiscal year 2007. These awards also support President Bush’s American Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) announced in 2006, which commits to doubling the federal commitment to research programs in the physical sciences over the next 10 years. ACI aims to increase investments in the next generation of scientists, engineers and educators to keep America at the forefront of science and innovation.

The universities receiving awards include:


Clemson University

Colorado School of Mines

Cornell University

Georgia Tech

Idaho State University

Kansas State University

Livingstone College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

North Carolina State University

Ohio State University

Oregon State University

Pennsylvania State University

Prairie View A&M University

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center

South Carolina State University

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas Engineering Experiment Station

University of California, Berkeley

University of Cincinnati

University of Florida

University of Idaho

University of Illinois

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Michigan

University of Missouri, Columbia

University of Missouri, Rolla

University of Nevada Las Vegas

University of New Mexico

University of Pittsburgh

University of South Carolina

University of Tennessee

University of Texas at Austin

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Read additional information on this announcement, GNEP and nuclear R&D programs.

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