The Department of Energy has issued a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) aimed at developing partnerships between the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and various communities. Partners will work with local energy communities, educational entities, and other constituencies to accomplish the shared mission of utilizing nuclear energy to advance energy, environmental, and economic initiatives, according to the DOE.
Announced on April 21, the FOA will provide up to 11 awards totaling $1.6 million over three years. The funding will focus on the following:
- Energy communities: Develop resources and educational materials for the community and local government officials.
- Energy justice organizations and communities: Partner with organizations and communities at the frontlines of the energy transition that are affected by and/or interested in nuclear energy and its fuel cycle.
- Workforce development and educational outreach: Develop materials for educators to help students understand the basics of nuclear science and encourage careers in STEM fields.
- International nuclear education development: Fund fellowships for international students to study nuclear engineering at American universities and national laboratories and with industry partners.
The Biden administration has requested approximately $480,000 in fiscal year 2022 for the program. Prospective partners can apply for funding at Grants.gov. Letters of intent are due on June 1, and applications must be received by July 18.
What they’re saying: “To implement the nuclear technologies of the future, we need to communicate the benefits to every community, integrate energy justice into everything we do, and build the next generation of nuclear leaders,” said Andrew Griffith, acting assistant secretary for nuclear energy. “This funding opportunity will help us directly reach and work with local leaders, teachers, students, and others who want to learn about nuclear technologies and can benefit from nuclear energy in their communities.”