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International Safeguards

Description:

Please Note that a Letter of Intent is due Monday, December 21, 2015 5:00pm ET.

Maximum Phase I Award Amount:  $150,000

Maximum Phase II Award Amount:  $1,000,000

Accepting SBIR Phase I Applications:  YES

Accepting SBIR FastTrack Applications:  YES

Accepting STTR Phase I Applications:  NO

Accepting STTR FastTrack Applications:  NO

2. INTERNATIONAL SAFEGUARDS

This program supports NNSA’s nuclear nonproliferation mission by developing innovative safeguards technologies to enhance verification of nuclear materials and activities. The Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (NA-22) includes R&D in nuclear (and relevant nonnuclear) measurements, field instrumentation and containment & surveillance. The program develops technologies to detect diversion of nuclear material from declared facilities, to detect undeclared nuclear material and activities from declared facilities, and to verify compliance with arms control treaties and agreements related to the control of nuclear material, its production or processing.

Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development holds an annual University Information Technical Interchange (UITI) program review meeting where University and SBIR projects are presented to the program managers. All awardees are required to attend and present their progress at this annual meeting.

Grant applications are sought only in the following subtopics:

a. Instruments for Nondestructive Fast Neutron Analysis in the Context of International Safeguards.

DNN R&D has a need for robust instruments to provide nondestructive fast neutron analysis of safeguard relevant materials. These materials will have high gamma-ray emission, so the measurement system must be capable of efficient gamma-ray rejection. Such instruments are needed to detect partial defect analysis (missing pins) on spent fuel assemblies and materials accounting using neutron coincidence analysis of fissile materials.

Questions – Contact: Arden Dougan, Arden.Dougan@nnsa.doe.gov

b. Instruments for Gamma Ray Imaging in the Context of International Safeguards.

DNN R&D has a need for robust instruments to provide gamma ray images of safeguards relevant materials and facilities. The imagers may be used to assist safeguards inspectors in confirming the presence or absence of nuclear material in complementary access, enrichment plants, fresh fuel, hold-up monitoring, managed access, surveillance or waste monitoring. These instruments will be challenged with low signal to noise, and significant standoff. The instruments can be based on any combination of technologies such as Compton effect, pinhole coded aperture, LIDAR, CadmiumZinc-Telluride ( CZT) sensors, etc.

Questions – Contact: Arden Dougan, Arden.Dougan@nnsa.doe.gov 14

c. Other

In addition to the specific subtopics listed above, the Department invites grant applications in other areas that fall within the scope of the topic description above.

Questions – Contact: Arden Dougan, Arden.Dougan@nnsa.doe.gov

REFERENCES:

Subtopic a

  1. IAEA, 2013, International Atomic Energy Agency Department of Safeguards Long-Term R&D Plan, 2012-2023, milestones 5.7 and 5.8. https://www.iaea.org/safeguards/symposium/2014/images/pdfs/STR_375_-- _IAEA_Department_of_Safeguards_Long-Term_R%26D_Plan_2012-2023.pdf
  2. Reilly, D., Ensslin, N., Smith, H., and Krohner, S., 1991, Passive Nondestructive Assay of Nuclear Materials, USNRC, http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/n/n1/FMTTD/neut_mc/pdfs/LA_UR_90_0732.pdf
  3. Knoll, G.E., 2000, Radiation Detection and Measurement, John Wiley & Sons. http://cds.cern.ch/record/441925/files/0471073385_TOC.pdf

Subtopic b

  1. IAEA, 2013, International Atomic Energy Agency Department of Safeguards Long-Term R&D Plan, 2012-2023,milestone 5.1. https://www.iaea.org/safeguards/symposium/2014/images/pdfs/STR_375_-- _IAEA_Department_of_Safeguards_Long-Term_R%26D_Plan_2012-2023.pdf
  2. Phillips, G., 1995, Gamma-ray Imaging with Compton Cameras, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, B 99, pp. 674-677. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0168583X95800859
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