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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Scholarship and Fellowship Education Grant, Faculty Development Grant, and Trade School and Community College Scholarship Grant

Deadline: October 30, 2017

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Scholarship and Fellowship Education Grant, Faculty Development Grant, and Trade School and Community College Scholarship Grant are detailed below:

1. Scholarship and fellowship grants: The primary objective is to support scholarships or fellowships 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. The nuclear-related discipline supported by this funding is intended to benefit nuclear safety and security sector broadly.

2. Faculty development grant: The primary objective is to support faculty development 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. The objectives are to attract and retain qualified individuals in academic teaching careers. Grants target probationary, tenure-track faculty during the first six years of their career and new faculty hires in the following academic areas: Nuclear, Mechanical, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Fire Protection, Geotechnical, Structural and Materials Sciences Engineering as well as Health Physics. The NRC has interest in topics including but not limited to Fuels, Neutronics, Thermal-hydraulics, Accident-Progression (e.g., performance of safety relief valves), Consequence, Emergency Preparedness, and Radiation Protection Analysis; Radiochemistry, Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Seismology, Fire Risk Analysis, advanced reactor (non-light water reactor), safety systems, and other related disciplines.

Grants may include support for developing applications for new research or continuing research projects in their areas of expertise. The program provides support to enable newer faculty to enhance their careers as professors and researchers in the university department where employed. The research supported by this announcement is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly.

3. Trade school and community college scholarships: The primary objective is to support scholarships 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. The nuclear-related discipline supported by this funding is intended to benefit the nuclear sector broadly.

Amount: A total of $15,000,000 is available to make up to 50 awards. Grants range from $100,000-$450,000, specifically:

  • Scholarship funds may be requested for up to $200,000 total costs for the two-year project period. A scholarship student may not receive more than $10,000 per year.
  • Fellowship funds may be requested for up to $400,000 total costs for the four year project period. A post graduate student may not receive funding in excess of $50,000 per year.
  • Faculty development funds may be requested for up to $450,000 total costs for the three-year project period, provided that an additional $50,000 per year is fully matched by the recipient.
  • Trade school and community college funds may be requested for up to $150,000 total costs for the two-year project period. A scholarship student may not receive more than $5,000 per year.

Eligibility: Institutional representatives may submit an application(s) if the institution has any of the following characteristics:

  • Public/state controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs)
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AAPIs)

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296930

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