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Title: 2016 Nuclear Energy Voucher Pilot Program Final Summary

Abstract

In March 2016, the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative launched the NE Voucher pilot program for small businesses that develop advanced nuclear technologies. The intent of this program is to provide access to unique physical and intellectual capital that exists within the DOE National Laboratory complex for private-sector developers of innovative nuclear energy technologies. Vouchers allow recipients to have work performed on their behalf at select DOE laboratory facilities. The work is funded by DOE-NE and must be completed within approximately 12 months of the award date. Awards for the pilot had values of $50,000–300,000 each, depending on the complexity of the task requested. The program requires a 20% cost share by voucher recipients. In addition to providing the technical assistance sought by the awardees, the 2016 pilot award cycle showed that the program fosters relationships between these businesses and DOE laboratory staff, serving the GAIN mission to develop a private-public partnership framework that will enable accelerated commercialization of innovative concepts. For the inaugural voucher program, DOE-NE made a total of $2M available. In total, twenty-nine proposals were received and eight (Table 1) were chosen for award based onmore » several criteria, including technical quality, level of innovation, commercialization potential, and relevance to the DOE-NE mission. After the review process, cooperative agreements were finalized, and work on all eight vouchers started in September 2016 and all but one were completed by the end of September, 2017. The single exception was completed in December, 2017.« less

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
OSTI Identifier:
1467402
Report Number(s):
INL/EXT-18-44481
TRN: US1901599
DOE Contract Number:  
AC07-05ID14517
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
22 GENERAL STUDIES OF NUCLEAR REACTORS; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; voucher; pilot program; GAIN; nuclear energy

Citation Formats

Jackson, John. 2016 Nuclear Energy Voucher Pilot Program Final Summary. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.2172/1467402.
Jackson, John. 2016 Nuclear Energy Voucher Pilot Program Final Summary. United States. doi:10.2172/1467402.
Jackson, John. Mon . "2016 Nuclear Energy Voucher Pilot Program Final Summary". United States. doi:10.2172/1467402. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1467402.
@article{osti_1467402,
title = {2016 Nuclear Energy Voucher Pilot Program Final Summary},
author = {Jackson, John},
abstractNote = {In March 2016, the Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative launched the NE Voucher pilot program for small businesses that develop advanced nuclear technologies. The intent of this program is to provide access to unique physical and intellectual capital that exists within the DOE National Laboratory complex for private-sector developers of innovative nuclear energy technologies. Vouchers allow recipients to have work performed on their behalf at select DOE laboratory facilities. The work is funded by DOE-NE and must be completed within approximately 12 months of the award date. Awards for the pilot had values of $50,000–300,000 each, depending on the complexity of the task requested. The program requires a 20% cost share by voucher recipients. In addition to providing the technical assistance sought by the awardees, the 2016 pilot award cycle showed that the program fosters relationships between these businesses and DOE laboratory staff, serving the GAIN mission to develop a private-public partnership framework that will enable accelerated commercialization of innovative concepts. For the inaugural voucher program, DOE-NE made a total of $2M available. In total, twenty-nine proposals were received and eight (Table 1) were chosen for award based on several criteria, including technical quality, level of innovation, commercialization potential, and relevance to the DOE-NE mission. After the review process, cooperative agreements were finalized, and work on all eight vouchers started in September 2016 and all but one were completed by the end of September, 2017. The single exception was completed in December, 2017.},
doi = {10.2172/1467402},
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place = {United States},
year = {2018},
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