Department of Energy Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research Solicitation

Program Summary 

DOE is seeking applications under the Infrastructure FOA in the following areas:

  1. University Research Reactor Upgrades Infrastructure Support
  2. General Scientific Infrastructure (GSI) Support for Universities

Please note that CU Boulder is only eligible to submit to the General Scientific Infrastructure (GSI) Support for Universities area.

Note: An application to either of these FOA areas is restricted to equipment or activities supporting research, teaching, and education, such as the purchase, set-up, and vendor installation costs for equipment and instrumentation, as well as building modifications that immediately support the installation and operation of the equipment.

Note: DOE has initiated a priority effort to develop and maintain a national R&D framework to achieve NE’s research mission, and this requires an integrated approach involving people, tools, facilities, and knowledge tied to strategic partnerships. Experimental infrastructure (i.e., tools and facilities), is a critical piece of this framework. However, these capabilities, especially radiological and nuclear facilities required to handle nuclear material, are expensive to build and maintain. Therefore, thoughtful management of new capability procurement is required, while also providing researchers with an effective mechanism to obtain access to unique nuclear energy research facilities.

General Scientific Infrastructure Support for Universities Objectives

General requirements:

  • Under this FOA, applications can be submitted for equipment, software, instrumentation, and associated non-reactor upgrade requests that support nuclear energy-related R&D or education.
  • Funding requests may include, but are not limited to, equipment and instrumentation for specialized facilities, classrooms and teaching laboratories, and non-reactor NS&E research.
  • Infrastructure requests that support the sharing and use of equipment and instrumentation by multiple campuses of a university, multiple universities, or national laboratories are encouraged.
  • Equipment and associated upgrades specifically for university research reactors are the subjects of the University Research Reactor Upgrades Infrastructure Support opportunity discussed in Part I, Section C.1.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST October 4, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: 3:00pm MST November 15, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Narrative (Up to 3 pages): Please include the following elements: name(s) and affiliation(s) of PI and team members or partners, project objectives and goals, project timetable and description of work, relevance and outcomes/impacts, roles of participants, facilities and other resources, utilization (how your application will allow for research usage within and outside of your institution, expected usage rates).
  • PI CV
  • Budget Overview (Up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Please address cost share in your overview.

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Applicants should be in the first to fourth year of their tenure track faculty position and not have current R01 funding.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Universities are permitted to submit one single application to the GSI Support for Universities area per institution.

Award Information and Duration

GSI Support for Universities FOA area

Award Amount: Up to $2.5 million. DOE anticipates awards will average $250,000 for the total project period.

Award Term: 1 year

Cost Share

Note: For university participants, cost sharing is not required, but is encouraged, for awards under $250,000. Cost matching is required for universities on a 1:1 dollar match for requests above $250,000, for applications under the General Scientific Infrastructure Support for research and teaching. For example, if a $300,000 project is proposed, cost matching requirements apply to $50,000 of this amount (the amount over $250,000), and the recipient would be required to match $25,000.