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Exploratory Research Program

The Exploratory Research Program seeks to develop technology to address identified gaps in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and in national technical nuclear forensics.  Initially, the proposed research and technology must effectively demonstrate the feasibility by showing that the research objectives can be achieved.  Upon this demonstration, subsequent phase(s) of research may lead to laboratory-based experiments to validate the research approach. 

There are approximately 50 projects addressing all major technical thrust project areas:

  • Materials Development & Supporting Technology;
  • Neutron Detectors / Helium-3 Alternatives;
  • Passive-detection Techniques;
  • Active-detection Techniques for Shielded Special Nuclear Material;
  • Algorithm/Modeling; and
  • Nuclear Forensics.

Vendors are solicited annually through Broad Agency Announcements / Call for Proposals and are open to industry (including small businesses), national and government laboratories, and universities.  They usually start with a voluntary white paper before full proposals are submitted.  Annual solicitations tend to be issued in the spring timeframe, but may vary.

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Last Published Date: May 21, 2014

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