DOE awards research grants to advance nuclear-waste cleanup technology

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The Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded Florida State University, Ohio State University, the University of South Carolina and the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory up to $40 million to create four new Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs).

“The four new EFRCs announced today lay the foundation for continuing success in our environmental-cleanup efforts, which depend upon advances in innovative science and research technologies,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said. “As one of America’s most successful use-inspired basic research initiatives, the EFRC program can be counted on to further discoveries that will greatly enhance cleanup efforts and accomplish one of DOE’s core missions.”

The new EFRCs will conduct research around one of the DOE’s core missions: cleaning up hazardous waste associated with nuclear weapons research and production. Funded by the DOE's Office of Science, the EFRCs will work to create safe, efficient and cost-effective waste cleanup and storage technologies.

Each school will receive between $2 million and $4 million annually for up to four fiscal years, with funding subject to appropriations and progress reviews in the second and fourth years.

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