New DOE Research Program to Boost Sagging Industry

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Science  11 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5396, pp. 1980-1981
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5396.1980

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A $19 million competitive grants program of the Department of Energy called the Nuclear Energy Research Initiative (NERI) is aimed at developing new technologies and reinvigorating the nuclear science community, which has seen its numbers and funding dwindle in recent years. Supporters hope the program will eventually lead to technologies that prevent nuclear weapons proliferation and form the basis for cheaper, safer reactors that generate less waste. Critics, however, charge that NERI represents a handout to a mature industry that can afford its own research.