The Federal government has significantly increased the level of support for nuclear energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) over the past decade. Some new programs such as the Gateway for the Acceleration of Advanced Nuclear (GAIN), the Nuclear Reactor Innovation Center (NRIC), and the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program (ARDP) have been created while other traditional programs continue. There does not seem to have been a significant strategic review of the interfaces between all of these programs. This panel will discuss a set of proposed basic principles under which RDD&D programs could be structured, intending to open up a national conversation about how we spend funds in the goal of advancing the possibilities for the use of nuclear energy.


  • Todd R. Allen (Univ. Michigan)
  • Aditi Verma (Univ. Michigan)
  • Sola Talabi (Pittsburgh Technical)
  • Jess Gehin (INL)


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