The Academic Research Initiative Program seeks to advance fundamental knowledge for nuclear detection and related sciences. The initiative looks to sustain a long-term commitment to frontier academic research in the field and develop human capital for the nuclear science and engineering profession. The program leverages opportunities across the Federal Government and coordinates with other research being supported.
The Academic Research Initiative Program is executed by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and was established in January, 2007. Since its inception, 57 grants have been provided to universities. Currently, the initiative is funding 34 grants at 37 universities in areas including materials development and supporting technology, neutron detection, passive techniques, shielded approaches, algorithm/modeling, and nuclear forensics.
Annual solicitations tend to be issued in the late winter timeframe, but may vary.