Nuclear Science User Facilities 32 ATREMENDOUS SUCCESS CINR FOA As stated in the Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (CINR) Funding Oppor- tunity Announcement (FOA), the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) conducts crosscutting nuclear energy research and development (R&D) and associ- ated infrastructure support activities to develop innovative technologies that offer the promise of dramatically improved performance for advanced reactors and fuel cycle concepts while also maximizing the impact of DOE resources. DOE-NE funds research activities through both competitive and direct mechanisms, as required to best meet the Department’s needs. To support DOE-NE in maximizing its nuclear energy R&D portfolio, the NSUF in fiscal year (FY) 2015 transitioned from its historical call for proposals to the CINR FOA. The CINR FOA offers NSUF users a mechanism to request R&D funding along with NSUF access in a single proposal.The single proposal process eliminated user concerns regarding fragmented and leveraged proposals that many times resulted in partial awards, i.e., NSUF access without R&D funds – or worse, no awards. Dan Ogden Deputy Director The initial offering in FY 2015 drew a fair response with 31 pre-applications. Interest more than doubled in FY 2016.After the dust settled from the kick-off webinar and letter-of-intent submittals, 67 pre-applications were submitted for the NSUF related work scopes. About half of the pre- applications were invited to submit full applications and, in the end, 12 awards were made via the CINR FOA. The total access value of the NSUF awards was approximately $10 million and R&D funds associated with the access totaled $4 million. The next CINR FOA cycle was initiated at the close of FY 2016 and the number of pre-applications more than tripled, with 109 received.The NSUF is hoping to increase our award budget in FY 2017 – so stay tuned for the results! For information regarding the CINR FOAs, please visit the NSUF website at https://nsuf.inl.gov.