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U.S. Industry Opportunities for Advanced Nuclear Technology Development

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number DE-FOA-0001817

Initial Announcement Date: 12/07/2017

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The FOA opened May 29, 2021, for the current review cycle with applications due by October 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
This is the final due date and last cycle of this FOA.
DOE will not be accepting any questions after September 27, 2022.

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Industry Development of Advanced Nuclear Technology Development

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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: $5 million-$20 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.

NOTE: Although currently not part of this FOA, the NE voucher program is available to assist U.S. industry in support of nuclear energy innovation. Please see the information provided below and access the link for additional assistance.

Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN)

To support nuclear energy innovation by companies working to develop advanced nuclear energy technologies, DOE-NE will provide funds for vouchers to assist applicants seeking access to the world-class expertise and capabilities available across the United States (U.S.) DOE complex. This is one component of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN), a DOE initiative to provide the nuclear industrial community with access to the technical, regulatory, and financial support necessary to move new or advanced nuclear technologies toward commercialization while ensuring the continued reliable and economic operation of the existing nuclear fleet. The objective of GAIN is accelerated and cost-effective commercialization of innovative nuclear energy technologies. Vouchers are not financial awards made directly to applicants. Vouchers provide funding to a facility within the DOE complex to help eligible businesses overcome critical technology and commercialization challenges.

If you are interested in access to these capabilities utilizing the NE voucher program, please visit the link: for information on how to apply.

Questions and Answers
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Document Library
Application Documents for Pathway 1, First of a Kind Nuclear Demonstration Readiness Projects

Application Documents for Pathway 2, Advanced Reactor Development Projects

Application Documents for Pathway 3, Regulatory Assistance Grants

Application Documents for Pathway 3, Regulatory Assistance Grants

Instructions to Complete Application Documents
iFOA special instructions Rev 1

Attach 1 DCAA Informational Briefing on Provisional_Billing_Rates

Attach 2 Indirect Rate Two Tier System example

Attach 3 Indirect Rate Three Tier System example

Attach 4 Procurement Standards Review Checklist

Attach 5 Travel Policy Checklist

Attach 6 Characteristics of compliant property system

Attach 7 Accounting System Checklist

Attach 8 Environmental_Checklist

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