The US Department of Energy has awarded $377m of grants for energy-related basic research to US university laboratories, national laboratories and other institutions. Most of the grants relate to current government priorities of renewables, energy efficency and energy storage. Less than 20% - $67 million - relates to nuclear power. The projects were selected from a long list of 260 applicants responding to a 2008 solicitation.
DOE sponsorship for nuclear related projects includes: $10 million to Idaho National Laboratory's centre for materials science of nuclear fuel for future nuclear fuel systems; $18.5 million to the University of Notre Dame to investigate the behaviour of actinides at a nanoscale for a closed nuclear fuel cycle; $19 million to the Oak Ridge centre for defect physics to investigate the behaviour of structural alloys in heavy radiation.
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