Slots: One slot taken; one still available.
Internal Deadline: Contact RII.
External Deadline: May 26, 2023
Award Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 12
Anticipated Award Amount: $6,000,000
Who May Serve as PI:
Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to conduct the proposed
project are invited to work with their institution/organization to develop an application. A
Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one (1) application in response to this
announcement. A PI may not be a Co-PI on another application in response to this
Link to Award:
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Research Initiatives and Infrastructure (RII) Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/. Use the template provided here: RII Limited Submission Applicant Template
Materials to submit include:
- (1) Two-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 2-page limit will be excluded from review. You must use the template linked above.
- (2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
Note: The portal requires information about the 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.
The program provides funding to support research and development (R&D) 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. University R&D activities provide an opportunity to complement current, ongoing NRC-led research.
More specifically, the program shall be used to provide financial assistance for R&D 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 of new and advanced nuclear technologies. New this year, nontechnical research will be considered under this announcement (for example, projects that would foster the development of innovative community engagement strategies, including incorporation of principles of equity and environmental justice).
The NRC invites R&D projects that complement its current research portfolio and that help the NRC prepare for upcoming challenges. A summary of NRC planned research activities can be found at https://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/regulatory/research/activities.html in the FY22-24 Research Prospectus. The NRC seeks projects that provide a variety of direct and indirect, nearand longer-term benefits. These benefits include:
• Identification and closure of potentially important technical gaps ahead of regulatory needs,
• Heightened awareness and knowledge of key advanced technology developments being pursued outside of NRC, and
• Improved foundational knowledge on key topics of future regulatory interest.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Application of wireless communications, drones, robotics, and autonomous control in operations and maintenance activities;
• Digital engineering/analytics, advanced sensors, and digital instrumentation/controls at nuclear facilities;
• Evaluation of technical gaps and major uncertainties in assessing risk for operating, new and advanced reactors (e.g., modeling of complex dependencies, advanced calculation techniques, multi-unit and multi-moule risk, application of risk techniques to radiological consequence analysis, development of improved risk metrics);
• Human and organizational factors and human reliability analysis for advanced nuclear applications, (e.g., improved models for dependency, consideration of organizational factors, dynamic methods, and risk analysis).
• Characterization of fire hazards in new reactor designs (e.g., sodium) and post-fire safe shutdown capability;
• Characterization of natural hazards including but not limited to flooding, high winds, hurricanes, wildfires, climate change;
• Analysis models and methods for fuel and cladding performance;
• Advanced technology approaches (e.g., data and text analytics, data visualization techniques, and artificial intelligence) and applications (e.g., data mining, autonomous control) in nuclear power-related applications; Evaluation of the radiological releases and offsite consequences for fusion reactor accidents;
• Application of innovative and advanced technologies for decommissioning and remediation of radiologically contaminated sites;
• Evaluation of the technical gaps and uncertainties in licensing new veterinary and medical uses of byproduct materials;
• Analytical approaches that combine probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) risk quantification methods with reactor systems sensitivity or uncertainty analysis methods to quantify the risk significance of safety analysis errors or uncertainties; Performance-based technology-neutral safety assurance;
• Evaluation of technical gaps and major uncertainties in assessing risk for decommissioning and waste management; and
• Comparative analysis, consistencies, and harmonization in application of dosimetry and dose coefficients by the NRC and national and international regulatory agencies.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.