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Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI)

Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI)

CNL’s Canadian Nuclear Research Initiative (CNRI) is a program to support collaborative small modular reactors (SMR) research projects with third-party proponents in Canada. The goal of the program is to accelerate the deployment of safe, secure, clean, and cost effective SMRs in Canada.

CNL provides a wide spectrum of technical expertise and our Chalk River site has R&D facilities that have been used in the development of prototype reactors for over 50 years. We offer capabilities in many areas ranging from fuels and reactor components through thermodynamics and materials science. Our team is ready to work with you jointly to address technical, regulatory, and economic barriers, allowing you to progress your SMR from concept to demonstration and beyond.

Annually, CNRI will issue a call for proposals, and CNL will enter into joint R&D projects based on the results of a review of these proposals. The objective of CNRI is to make CNL’s technical capabilities and expert knowledge available and accessible to the SMR community in order to equip them with the technical support required to progress towards SMR deployment in Canada.

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CNRI Program Timeline

November 2020: Call for proposals..

January 4, 2020: Deadline for proposal submission.

May 2021: Successful projects announced and work begins

September 2021: Next CNRI call for proposals is expected to be announced.

Focus Areas

A call for proposals (CFP) will be issued annually as part of the CNRI program. Included in each CFP will be a list of focus areas which will change from year to year. Laboratory experiments will be considered on a case by case basis. The list of focus areas is as follows:

Potential Award Details

Annually, CNL will enter into a series of jointly funded R&D projects that will utilize S&T services from CNL to accelerate eligible SMR vendors’ deployment and support the development of their technologies. Projects must be within the CNRI program focus areas. Applicants are expected to, at a minimum, match the value contributed by CNL in monetary or in-kind contribution.

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