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Stewardship Science Grant Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Stewardship Science Grant Program


Federal Agency




Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 31, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title 1, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.






(1) To grow the U.S. scientific community through university involvement in areas of fundamental science and technology relevant to stockpile stewardship; (2) to promote and sustain scientific interactions between the academic community and scientists at the NNSA laboratories; (3) to train scientists in specific areas of long-term research relevant to stockpile stewardship; (4) to increase the availability of unique experimental facilities sited at NNSA's laboratories to the academic community, particularly for collaborations in areas of relevance to stockpile stewardship; and (5) to develop and maintain a long-term recruiting pipeline to NNSA's laboratories by increasing the visibility of NNSA's Defense Program's scientific activities to the U.S. faculty and student communities.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).


Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support in whole or in part may be provided for such purposes as the salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, training costs, and services required for conducting research, training, related activities, and advanced technology projects or assessments. Funding is provided for basic and applied research in the field of physical science in support of the DOE stockpile stewardship program. Restrictions on use of funds depend on grant provisions. Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring an idea that does not unnecessarily duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

New applicants can be U.S. public and private institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. public and private institutions of higher education will benefit.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Proposals should be submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement posted at

Award Procedure

Proposals will be screened for stewardship relevance and then reviewed for scientific and technical merit by qualified individuals. Recommendations for award are made by the Office of Research and Development for National Security Science and Technology, Defense Science Division, Defense Programs, NNSA, and selected proposals will be forwarded to the NNSA Albuquerque Service Center for grant development and award.


Deadlines are stated in the solicitations.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 180 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The schedule of NNSA payments is arranged at the time of award.


Post Assistance Requirements


As specified in the "DOE Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist (DOE F 4600.2)," to be issued to the recipient upon receipt of an award the following reports are required: progress report, special reports, financial status reports (FSR SF 269), and final report. These requirements are also specified in the solicitation.


Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the grant period and/or before final payment, with the extent and frequency of audit depending on the size of the grant and on the particular grant provisions.


Recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the grant.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants): FY 07 $23,440,299; FY 08 $25,272,875; and FY 09 est $29,369,125.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $3,000,000; $380,000.


Program Accomplishments

The research supported helps to increase U.S. efforts in physical science relevant to stockpile stewardship and will assist in training future scientific talent in these areas.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature



Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dr. Chris Deeney, Director, Defense Science Division, NA-121.1/Forrestal, 1000 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (202) 586-7416. Fax: (202) 586-8005.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects

"Center for the Study of Pulsed-Power Driven High Energy Density Plasmas"; "Electron Interactions in Actinides and Related Systems under Extreme Conditions"; "Dense Plasma Studies with Ultra-Bright Soft X-Ray Probes"; and "Measurement of Neutron-Induced Reaction Cross-Sections."


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Alignment with the areas of technical scope; (2) Scientific/technical merit of the project, including innovativeness and originality; (3) Expected impact on the area of technical scope addressed; (4) Consistency with the objective of this academic alliances program to focus on advanced experimental investigations; (5) Qualifications of the Applicant's personnel and adequacy of proposed resources; (6) Feasibility of plans for carrying out the proposed research, considering such factors as: appropriateness of the technical method and approach, facility compatibility, other commitments, competition and timing; (7) For projects currently receiving funding under this program, the quality and scientific impact of recent results and accomplishments; (8) Level of interaction with NNSA/DP laboratory personnel and the potential to train students in scientific areas defined by the technical scope in order to build a long-term recruiting pool for the NNSA/DP laboratory complex. Generally, a higher degree of interaction both quantitatively and qualitatively is considered desirable; (9) Leverage provided by cost sharing with other funding sources.


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