Program

Reactor Concepts Research and Development (R&D)

Category

Energy - Nuclear

Subsidy Type

Discretionary

Committees of Jurisdiction

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

$142 FY 16 Budget Score (in mil.)
$1,417 FY 16-25 Budget Score (in mil.)

The Department of Energy (DOE) Reactor Concepts Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) program uses taxpayer funding to develop and demonstrate new commercial reactor designs. The program includes research and development of small modular reactors, next generation nuclear plant demonstration projects, light water reactor improvement, and advanced reactor designs. Renamed in fiscal year 2011, the Reactor Concepts RD&D program was formerly the Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems Initiative which was created in 2000 and succeeded a number of government nuclear energy R&D efforts dating back to the 1950s.

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