WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has announced a funding opportunity for the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program (SSAA). The work done by the SSAA Program helps NNSA enhance and promote the academic efforts of future scientific leaders and helps recruit researchers who will help ensure the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear stockpile.
“This funding opportunity demonstrates NNSA’s commitment to training students who will contribute to scientific discovery and potentially be employed at one of our national laboratories,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “It’s important that NNSA enhances and promotes the academic efforts of future scientific leaders.”
The SSAA Program trains students in key areas of stewardship science not supported by other agencies. The program offers the highest caliber of education and hands-on training and experience to the next generation of scientists.
This funding opportunity announcement is for grants and centers of excellence for the research areas of low-energy nuclear science; properties of materials under extreme conditions and/or hydrodynamics; radiochemistry; and for centers of excellence only for the research area of high energy density physics. All these areas of research are relevant to stockpile stewardship.
A research grant is awarded for up to three years at a funding level appropriate for the proposed scope, typically $50,000 to $300,000 per year. A cooperative agreement is awarded for up to five years at a funding level appropriate for the proposed scope, typically $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 per year.
The announcement is posted on FedConnect  and grants.gov  (FOA DE-FOA-0000611; CFDA Number 81.112). Visit either website and type in Funding Opportunity Number DE-FOA-0000611. The submission deadline is March 12.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.